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Is there a place on the forum where members names, addresses etc are listed who will help others when they break down? So far if there is I cant find it? If there isnt it would be nice to have a printable list for us to take when travelling.
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They've kind of started adding that info to the BB map that's out there. They've also started adding people who have places to parka bird for an overnight, listing power capabilities, water/sewage hookups if available, etc, etc.
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I found that John but I dont think that is something useful for quick and accurate access. I am thinking about a list of members with all of the information, phone numbers to use etc that we can print out after downloading it. Something to keep in the coach so when something does happen and we are sitting beside the road wondering what to do, we can contact a member for information or help. For instance I know my area, parts stores, diesel mechanics that I can count on, etc. I am thinking of something like this.

Tom & Marj Warner, 3692 Hogan Road, Vernon Center,NY about 4 miles off the NYS Thruway exit 33 (turning stone casino), Phone home: 315-829-3398 or cell 315-794-4461, 50 amp power, lots of tools for almost any job, technical information, BB manuals, local technical help and parts. Travelers welcome to stop for a day or so to talk BB or just to rest. Two large driveways close to a dump station.
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I'm not ignoring this topic, Tom has a very good idea, there are similar lists on other forums, so we don't necessarily want this to be just a duplicate of some of those, so I would like to have more feedback from other members about what type of information they would be willing to post on a list if they want to help others and also what information that you would like to find on such a list if you ever had to use it.

I'll come up with something and a place for it, but I want to hear more before I go further with the idea, let me read your ideas.
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Tom,
I see what you're saying and that would be very helpful. I do worry about posting personal info on an open web page, though. It would be nice to protect it somehow. Shy of having one person control it and emailing it to people who request it; I'm not sure how best to protect people.
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Info is power for good or bad so my take on it is to limit the info to Name, City and Phone Number. Don't provide things that will tell the crooks too much. Posting a work number tells them your away during the day. Posting an address will let them scope out the site (even remotely via Sat Pics) etc etc. JMHO
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Rob there is little doubt that there are crooks out there that may take advantage of personal information. However the information is available to them anyway whether you put it on the forum, or in the yellow pages, in your local telephone book or just on the internet. Do a search on yahoo or google of your addy or your name and see. I can find your address and lots of information very quickly if the need arises.

However this brings up a subject that has really troubled me since the internet became available to everyone. And that is the use of addys that cant be traced and there are many of them used on this and other forums. I am speaking for example of bountyhunter39@yahoo.com

This allows anyone to access any forum they sign up for without ever revealing who or what their intentions are. This may seem like a trivial matter but it allows people with less then honorable intentions to harvest data that can be used to rob you or for some other devious means.

So I suggest that if we do decide to compile a helpers list that we also inititate the practice of requiring members when they sign up to give a check addy from the internet service provider that they subscribe to. In other words reveal the potentional members rear identity both by name and real addy to the forum owner if not the other members.

By the way bountyhunter39 is an addy that I used for over 9 years. Anyone can guess what it involved.
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Is addy short for address? I did a short inquiry last night after first looking at this thread. By just copying the IP address in the top right corner and going to a few free sites. It will not give you home run but it could narrow the field of google hits. I would recommend if you want to do this, make a list,make it a restricted part and have participants register. Through rallys and personal meetings so that webmaster or trusted agent can vouch for them. I would not mind helping out if someone needed it in area but am leary of putting my info out there. JOE sends
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Yes addy is short for email address or "handle" on messenger etc.

The point is once an individual gains access to any yahoo group it becomes easy to harvest information for their business use.

However almost everything about you is available on the internet anyway if you know how to access it.

I just sent you a private email showing you what I found out about you in less then 20 seconds without ever knowing your name.

Bottom line is that in my opinion compiling a list of forum members that are willing to help each other is far more valuable to us then anyone else. I have a real problem with people attempting to scare me into looking over my shoulder all the time instead of enjoying the comraderie of other BB owners. Havent you noticed that almost no one lists there name in the members list, or anything about themselves. I believe this is really stopping us for truly getting to know each other and expanding our contact list. There are far to many myths about individuals on these forums that can be quickly changed when you meet them face to face.

If we start verifying applicants true identities before we give them access then we can almost 100% eliminate the problems of persons harvesting information on the forum.
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I think the personal info is a habit that will be hard to break. I believe most folks are more reserved today as compared to "when I was young" yes alot of us never had to lock our doors on our homes as children, but I sure do now...I do not live in a crime filled area but random violence is just that. I do have the answer to that problem but would rather not subject family to the mess.. I digress.. I believe that the final answer is to meet people face to face and determine their intentions. I work with a guy that has not said 100 words to me, yet his wife sends real estate stuff to my house. Wife actually uses the little calendars so I dont really mind. I would not mind going through the interview proccess to ensure the list is kept to trusted people...JOE sends
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