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Trying Something Out- please give me your feedback

A number of you have mentioned that they aren't too crazy about your present and past lives being all over Google via MFT. Although I think this is the way that many people find the site it is also a hassle for people who want to keep their personal and professional lives somewhat separate. I can sympathize.

So I changed the settings on the site to only allow members to see beyond the home page. This means all the profiles, discussions, photos, etc are not going to be indexed in Google (I think) or accessible by visitors without signing up (and being approved). The MFT Archive and Store are still open to the public.

I think this site has grown to the point where we need to be a little protective and this seems like a good next step.

What do you think?

Oh yeah, Merry Christmas!

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Comment by Jbarge on January 5, 2009 at 11:06am
Comment by Jeb Banner on January 5, 2009 at 10:27am
I decided to go back to normal settings where the public can view but has to be a member to comment, add, etc. with all memberships manually approved. I also added a note to the home page advising members on how they can modify their privacy settings.
Comment by Brian Leonard on December 31, 2008 at 2:04am
Privacy can be good, but, I try to not write anything that is questionable and I like the idea of people finding the site via Google. The internet is very public. That being said, I don't use the site much (yet).

P.S. Check Out the Archives for Invisible Jet. I hope to send Proper Burial soon.
Comment by Marti Abernathey on December 27, 2008 at 10:53am
To think that someone won't find you or your information on the internet is just silly. There are no corners of the net that are totally secure and I really have to wonder why someone would post something they don't want others to see. Google might not index you, but what about, or any of the other sites that archive entire websites? Internet privacy is an oxymoron.
Comment by Ian Brewer on December 26, 2008 at 11:05pm
Did I turn down a friend request from you Mike? If so, it was an accident, please try again.
Comment by mike whybark on December 26, 2008 at 10:15pm
Hey that featuring thing you're doing is interesting too, Jeb. Despite my loud "NO!" on the cloaked-site idea, let me also say PLEASE keep tinkering and experimenting!

And Ian I am hurt that you would characterize me as a random wierdo. ;)
Comment by Jeb Banner on December 26, 2008 at 6:25pm
We will be re-opening the site to search engines and non-member visitors soon. First I want to write a post educating members on how they can change their profile settings to protect their privacy. I have received private feedback from some members that they would like to have more protection so I think this is the best route to go- leave it open but work harder to educate users on privacy settings.

Sound good?
Comment by Ian Brewer on December 26, 2008 at 4:35pm
More seriously, I don't do social networking to protect my privacy, just the opposite. The best thing about it is being found and finding old friends that I've lost contact with and meeting new people. While I have had some unwanted ghosts from my past and random weirdos find me on Facebook and MySpace, I just ignore their friend requests. If there's anything that you don't want the world to know, don't post it online, that's just dumb.
Comment by John Terrill on December 26, 2008 at 10:02am
I already assume that anything I write on this site will enter the public domain so I adjust my comments accordingly. But being a private person I certainly don't mind having the added protection. Rock on.
Comment by LUMPY REPELLENT on December 25, 2008 at 4:57pm
I just thank god I got my trashy glamor shots from Vegas off my page. That mullet ruined my reputation, what little's left of it.

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