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I've had an email from a member I invited to this site asking me why people are able to tell her where she lives when she has made no indication about it whatsoever.
Why is this feature still telling others where we live?
it won't show you if you don't put in "location"
Then why are you flagged under 'international'?
Because i am a philosopher and have risen above the casts, religions and nations.
* Smirk *
It's funny how people with weird ideas always think they've risen above others rather than sunk below them.
it's a fine line.
i have no idea what the heck you are talking about.
"drawing lines all along the earth" - roads/tracks/etc. i guess? because you also compare it to the moon so i'm assuming you're not talking about theoretical lines (as in what i was referring to).
"I do not believe in these lines just like birds and bees." - you don't believe in birds and bees? what the heck stung me last week then? and what the heck crapped on my car this morning?
What stung you? A hornet, a wasp, that drop in your pay...
What crapped on your car? A bee, your dog, a metaphsical ninja come to destroy us all...
Afaf are you talking about the google map by ip address? It doesn't show your physical location, only the location of your internet service provider. From that it may be possible for a highly motivated stalker to extrapolate and find you, but it's not like someone can just go click, click, click and find out where your house is.
i know where you live. hide your children.
This completely misses the point -- it should be entirely up to the user what information about them, however generic, is made public.
I'd suggest it should be an opt-in feature at a minimum. Also, there should be no way for you to find out my IP address simply by interacting with me here -- I'm pretty sure that all messaging, including during game-play is already routed through chess.com' servers so my IP should be 100% obcured from the other users here, and rightly so.
I can't speak for Meebo though -- is it a peer-to-peer or server hosted service? In either case I have it disabled.
The trick was that when they leave the location section blank, or enter a location that google maps can't find, the system automatically shows the location of the ISP. So users need to put in a random location (like "international" or something) that does bring results from google maps search.
I thought this problem was solved altogether.
I think Afaf has a point. You are international but located at/near Sunderland UK according to the map.
I completely agree with Afaf and theGrobe about this. The location near Sunderland UK is what Google Maps search brings when you enter "international". It's an outcome of the "manual" solution I've explained above to this privacy problem.
Haha, Sunderland is international?!
That's what google thinks .
What's it like up there?
Hey I have a Karen Silkwood problem and an ex wife who wants me dead. I don't bother trying to obfuscate my ip.
Anonymity on the interet is an illusion. There are steps you can take to try and hide, but many of those "anonymous" proxy servers and mail servers? Governments have back door access 24/7. Even the TOR network.
If somebody wants you bad enough, you're toast.
If someone literally wants you dead, I would not put the fact that you live in Boring, Oregon on your profile. I have been to Boring, and you are narrowing it down to what- five, six houses? I think they could just do process of elimination if they really wanted to cap you.