Post by sparks on Jul 30, 2018 9:25:02 GMT -5
As with most forums, we get a lot of people that join and never participate. While some of these are legitimate, many are likely phishing for email addresses or personal information.
In an effort to better protect our current members, we are entertaining the idea of requiring staff approval for all new member registrations. While you as current members will not experience any changes, it would require one of our staff to actually review and approve a registration before they can access the forum.
Additionally, if you take a look at the image below, this is what we recommend for privacy settings for the forum. You can find these settings by going here: Profile > Edit Profile > Privacy. FYI, staff does not have access to this tab for members, so you need to be proactive and ensure your settings are properly updated. Also, please keep in mind that only registered users can see the member list, or personal profiles, so you never have to worry about a non-registered guest being able to see ANY of your information.
I would say the most important setting is your email visibility. I believe that for all new members, it defaults to "Share with Friends & Staff". We recommend changing it to Staff only. If you want to provide your email address to someone, you can do so through PM after you are comfortable with that person. DO NOT share with Everyone or all Registered Users. Additionally, I would review the Personal tab and be sure you are not providing any personally identifiable information.
Also, we would appreciate if everyone would share their Birthday, even if only the Month and the Day. While it's not required, it is nice to be able to acknowledge peoples Birthday when it rolls around.
Please reach out to one of the staff if you have any questions.