You are probably right and I cannot stand in the way of a desire to open up the site. However, I'm afraid I won't be part of its growth. I have no public internet profile and will keep it that way. One of the primary reasons I participated (to a much lesser extent than I did ten years ago) in this forum is because it is/was closed. From here on I'll not post anything and just lurk. No worries.We think that opening up some areas is crucial to keep VLJ growing and healthy in the long term.
It's a fine line to walk between healthy growth and keeping everyone happy.
You make some valid points here Scott, but closed FB groups have far greater privacy than the public ones.Facebook is OK, but the forum - being at least partially closed - makes me feel more secure in that the content isn't out there for anyone to view/steal/borrow, etc.
I do think that there have been many times where someone wanted to point something of value out here to someone who was not a member and it was frustrating for them not to be able to view or join without a certain type of email account in place.
I like forums. I like this forum. But I think that some things can stay in place while also growing a decent amount to keep things afloat.
If anyone posts on Facebook as opposed to here, they aren't worried about security and/or privacy.
Andrew - 100%You make some valid points here Scott, but closed FB groups have far greater privacy than the pubic ones.
Aha! Nevermind. They are there but I have to log out to see them. I guess if you post a new post, it is not considered new to you because you posted it. Makes since I guess....My posts in the Reproduction MFg section are not showing up in the "New Posts" section. Is there a delay or if not, can this be changed? It seems to me that not many people will even know the posts are there unless they go searching though the section and happen to see it. I believe that a lot of members here enjoy hearing updates from Reproduction MFgs. Why not let them know when there are new posts in that section?
Nothing to hide here John and John, with little effort someone could track me down to the front door, I wouldn't recommend it unless it was with good intentions but it is very possible. My email, phone#, etc. all easily found because I'm a vendor and I need it to be. So what very limited info is available in VLJ for most members is already quite the safety net and should be the least of worries. Most guys don't show photos of themselves anyway so the restriction of photos is a great idea and leaves just enough incentive to generate a new member.what sort of content would people prefer to keep private? We are talking jackets, nothing secret????? I can see how people might not want photos of themselves showing up anywhere after a non member finds a pic doing a Google search, maybe not show photos but explain a bit a closed forum? Again, the content has been so weak for so long, we need new blood.