I wouldn't want to see a list of names, besides which, I think it would be an unmanageably long list. But it would be quite nice to see how many people were on-site. No particular reason, just interesting!
I'm used to spending time in forums where I can see who is online so I like the idea. It also gives an opportunity for people to send private messages and form alliances which might result in business referrals. Given that hubpages is a place for people to share income and generate revenue it seems to me that any process which allows people to build relationships can be a positive one.
If we were to be given the option to show online status from the profile page and the list was designed to show people who are open to forming business relationships then the prospects for abusing the system should be minimised. Its a matter of positioning the feature to appeal to those members who are serious. Maybe a time delay from sign up to access to the feature (3 months )would eliminate spammers and time wasters.
I like it this way. I belong to a message board & you can only put your status on "hide" if you are a paying member. I refuse to pay to see frivolous postings.
I think there is a difference between message boards and forums, not much, but enough. I find in this forum that the majority of posters are intelligent, post about matters with a decent subject, unlike a message board where you get all sorts of wackos that are just looking for attention, live in a bubble or have the "woe is me syndrome"....hmmm, I feel a hub coming on LOL.
I also feel this forum in most part is related to Hubbing, those that are writing actual hubs & are part of the Hub community.
I don't want people to know when I'm here or not. Basically it's none of their business what I'm doing or when I'm doing it. Sorry I don't mean to sound so blunt. But this is a really invasion of privacy.
And quite frankly sometimes, I just forget to leave the forum. And it sits here for hours while I'm outside gardening.
I hope so too - but it is really only so many garbage posts a community can handle without becoming garbage itself, and we seem to be overwhelmed with garbage lately. Becoming popular has its downsides
I think that's my feeling too, Misha - HubPages used to be about writing, first and foremost, and the forums were just a place for Hub writers to share experiences, ask questions and hang out.
Lately, it seems like there are a lot of people here primarily for the forums, with Hub writing a secondary thing. In fact, I've even seen HubPages mentioned as a "social networking site" on some other sites, which may be where they're all coming from.
The reason I posted this, was it seems most of the Sites I have been on like Myspace etc., do this! I just noticed that at one point, yesterday, there didn't seem to be many people online, so I probably should say I don't care about the individuals, and the theory of monitoring, is ridiculous, we are all probably being monitored anyway. What I supposed I was more interested in was How many people were online. I tagged over to another Site and there were only 3 members online.
Oh of course it isn't relevant, I just wondered why every other Site seems to do it.Maybe in suggesting that this occur, and everyones [par a couple, against it may make the point that it in't wanted. Why do Hubpages dislike Myspace? Its just a silly social network thing, I have more problems from Tagged.Com
It would be different if this site was only the forums, but it's not. This is a writing site and there really is no point in knowing who is online. If there was a regular chat going on then I could see why you need to know who is online, but there isn't a chat on this site.
personally, I like anonymity....I can be whoever I want to be here and no one knows where I am at at all times....very liberating.....I joined so I could express myself without having to reveal too much.....
I am on a pile of Sites, is there any others Hubpages finds bad before, I stick my foot in it agn.I also thank you for being so polite, we are new some of us and don't know this Stuff. That other lady grrrrr.
candice...keep posting and feel free to posit any position, question, or answer you feel obliged to...HP is an open society, where chaos is the rule...writers love chaos, because its initiates creativity...Give us a Hub and lets take it from there...Positive criticism is good for the soul... Larry Welcome aboard, and count me as a new fan...
Look, there are always some people that disagree to a thing. But there are those that agree. And not doing that thing is not the best option. I've said it a lot of times already, turn the application off in your preferences if you want to stay private.
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