Site Talk forum: How about an option to make our profiles private to guests?

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Name: Der Thomaskantor
Massachusetts (Zone 6b)
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bwv998
Sep 5, 2016 11:13 AM CST
There are numerous forums on the internet that do not allow guests to view user profiles, or at least limit the content of what they can see, for privacy and security reasons. I would be very grateful if we had at least the option of making our profiles private. Smiling
The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.

— J.S. Bach
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Sep 5, 2016 11:39 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

Well, I always figured the best way to keep a profile private is to simply leave all the fields blank.
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horntoad
Sep 5, 2016 11:45 AM CST
The only information of a personal nature is the info that you entered. If you feel that it is a security risk, simple delete the information.

(cross posted with Dave)
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Sep 5, 2016 12:00 PM CST
Right on Dave!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Sep 5, 2016 12:49 PM CST
I really love to see a first name and growing zone for members. Anything else is a bonus in getting to know a member.
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Sep 5, 2016 7:36 PM CST
We do have the option to make our profiles private. Whatever we post is all that anyone will see. I myself use a fake first name, a real growing zone and a general location (as I do not actually live in the city of Savannah proper but very close by).
That's enough to get good answers to gardening questions.

By the way...there are other ways for people to learn your location. When you post photos most people are savvy enough to look for the metadata which often includes GPS. It would be smart to delete the information before posting the photos if one is concerned about privacy. (I just learned that recently.)
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Der Thomaskantor
Massachusetts (Zone 6b)
Dog Lover Region: Massachusetts Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Cat Lover Garden Photography Region: Northeast US
Cactus and Succulents Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Houseplants
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bwv998
Sep 5, 2016 8:59 PM CST
dave said:Well, I always figured the best way to keep a profile private is to simply leave all the fields blank.


Thanks, Dave! That's why I am masquerading as J.S. Bach. Hilarious! This was just a suggestion... no biggie if you don't want to do so... Smiling
The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.

— J.S. Bach

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