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Should Location Be Compulsory?

Posted: Fri May 11, 2007 5:36 pm
by MountGower
Perhaps

Posted: Fri May 11, 2007 7:17 pm
by Hotdog
It would be tricky to make it genuinely really absolutely compulsory. You could set the registation and profile update process to require that you write something in the location box, and that would probably be enough to get most people playing ball but that wouldn't stop the paranoid or contrary people claiming to be from Fictionalville, NT or Madeupplace, NSW. The only way round that would be to get hold of a list of genuine Australian towns and cities and require that a place from the list has to be selected, but then you'd get complaints from people from small towns and localities not on the list.

Personally I would like to see everyone put location information into their profile, but I'm not sure what the best way to encourage/coerce people into doing it would be.

Posted: Fri May 11, 2007 8:35 pm
by wombatoutofhell
maybe not compulsary-but it is interesting to see where people are. I'd like to see gender as well

Posted: Fri May 11, 2007 8:46 pm
by sogood
This is a virtual world and that's not an item that can be mandated.

Posted: Fri May 11, 2007 8:51 pm
by pospete
I accept I'm very curious, or nosey as some would say, but I like to know a little about the people I am chatting with. To be honest I allways think if they won't give their real name or location, then I am unlikely to want to try to communicate because to me if they can't be bothered then neither can I. 8)

Posted: Sat May 12, 2007 12:04 am
by heavymetal
I could be on tour and using a satellite dish and not really know where I am :D

Posted: Sat May 12, 2007 12:14 am
by europa
heavymetal wrote:I could be on tour and using a satellite dish and not really know where I am :D


Just put 'round the bend' - we'll know what you mean :D

Richard

Posted: Sat May 12, 2007 12:17 am
by heavymetal
europa wrote:Just put 'round the bend' - we'll know what you mean :D

Richard


And when I am in hospital, I'll just put Psych Ward :shock:

Kev.

Posted: Sat May 12, 2007 12:18 am
by europa
heavymetal wrote:
europa wrote:Just put 'round the bend' - we'll know what you mean :D

Richard


And when I am in hospital, I'll just put Psych Ward :shock:

Kev.


Where else would we look?

Richard

Posted: Sat May 12, 2007 7:46 am
by mikesbytes

Posted: Sat May 12, 2007 9:14 am
by europa
mikesbytes wrote:With the distances that Tuco's riding now, it won't be long before he's crossing state borders.


Well, he's in a foreign country to start with :D

Taking the original question seriously - I can't say I like the idea of 'compulsory', but knowing where someone is from does make a difference to many replies. For example, I'm not going to suggest the Moo or Mike drop into a shop here in Adelaide to buy a tyre I've seen on special and there have been threads that I've stayed out of because the questions have been city specific. So yeah, those of you who haven't put in a location, please consider it.

Richard

Posted: Sat May 12, 2007 10:29 am
by tuco
europa wrote:
mikesbytes wrote:With the distances that Tuco's riding now, it won't be long before he's crossing state borders.


Well, he's in a foreign country to start with :D


True, and being Victorian born I love watching Brisbane and Queensland lose at any sport.

About to click over to 3000 km tomorrow. 2000 km was only 44 days ago.

The problem with location is anything can be put in there. I've seen people put in things like "Were you least expect" or "Behind you".

Posted: Sat May 12, 2007 10:34 am
by ShanDog
I see it as a courtesy type of thing if you plan on being a regular here. Being the internet I don't expect people who are coming on here to ask one question and leave to really be expected to do it but if you plan on staying here it helps to understand the community that is growing here.

As well as that, I try not to respond with questions like 'where is a good place to buy XXX' and then they don't have any indication of where they live.

Posted: Sat May 12, 2007 11:35 am
by Mulger bill
It's nice to get an idea of where the person at the other end of the modem is, but not vital, even if it does stop the "where are you?" questions in the buying forum.

Posted: Sat May 12, 2007 1:51 pm
by sogood
The fact of the matter is, we all know where our regulars are located.

Posted: Sat May 12, 2007 5:49 pm
by LuckyPierre
'tis only courtesy, but courtesy is contagious. :wink:
Knowing a poster's broad location does help to judge just how to respond to some posts / requests, so I think that posting our location should be 'encouraged', rather than there be any attempt to make it mandatory.

Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 10:00 pm
by Parrott
I ventured onto this site to find and share information specific to cycling. If I want to know where some one is I will ask them and they can choose to tell me or not. Most times I don't see that it matters, certainly not enough to make it compulsory.