Oh and I came SO close to using the word eat... We coulda had a cleen sweep, but I had to get fancy and say "edible" instead
I see you had no comments on my Steelers
I thought for sure "Steelers" was going to be the secret word.
Thanks for the points again!
I am excited to move to second place, but I have a feeling I will be easily bumped down again...
I do NOT feel that my posts remain private outside of the forums. I have done cat-related searches before that turned up TCS posts in the hits. In fact after reading your questions, I started to second guess myself, so I Google some words I know had a post in the archives and sure enough it was listed.
You probably would have to dig a bit to get past all the more conspicuous hits, but I know you can crawl into TheCatsite through the back door. Which I totally expect. I dont ever post to a message board with out the expectation that outsiders can read it. Unless it is a mailing list (with private archives) I dont expect my privacy regarding who can read my posts to be a big secret.
In fact, I am sure the site relies on Yahoo and Google searches. That is how I found my way to the site in the beginning when I first joined. I was surfing the net regarding information on the pregnant cat I just adopted from the humane society and it wasnt long before I ran across the forums and was drawn to join.
Security is very important to me, in that I dont want my email address passed around the World Wide Web, likewise my phone number or address, so I appreciate TCS's privacy statement. Without a policy in place I am very leery to join any site. I do not like to sign up to things if I think they may have hidden spyware programs, if they sell my info to third parties, or if I think I will be bombarded with spam if I give them my email address.
However (you knew that was coming, didnt you?) I do have a webmail account that I use solely for this purpose. I use it to join sites where I dont want my email address compromised. On site that I trust, and that show their confidentiality, I have no problem using my real email for.
I have read the privacy statement before, and as I said above it states right in it's statement that you should exercise caution when posting in the forums. You can never be too careful.
I know people from my childhood cancer support group that posted updated messages about their child's progress on the LLS message boards. They happened to mention that they were going on their Make-A-Wish trip and gave the dates, while they were away they were robbed. On the message boards she never gave out her address, but she did link to her personal homepage which did... Now no one can prove that it happened because someone was stalking their page and knew when they wouldnt be home, or if it was on more personal home front or just a plain old fluke, but I am always careful never to give out too much information. Even if you think your ONE single post is ok, it is the collective posts as a whole that might put a puzzle together. I feel especially strong about protecting myself and practicing safe surfing to not only protect myself but my children! In today's age you also have to remind your kids to be careful when they are on the internet too!
I am satisfied that my information is safe from third parties here on TCS. I dont think Anne is going to sell my information and I trust my personal information is safe in her hands. I know this site must take up a significant amount of her time to keep up and running and I understand the costs incurred with running a website, but it is evident that she works hard to maintain the advertisers on this site and besides the revenue brought in there, the subscriptions that she offers to premium members is another great source of income for the maintenance and upkeep of the site. I dont have any fear of her selling my information to someone else.
Sometimes I get a feeling that I can type the whole dictionary and not hit on the secret word, so I am never confident that I will use one, but I can hope! I imagine my chances get slimmer and slimmer the more I win. I'm a glass-is-half-empty type of person. I figure you gotta lose sometimes and you never know when it will be.
I'm going to go totally off on a tangent here but that reminds me that I am not a gambling person. DH and I went to Atlantic City years ago and I hardly spent a penny in the casinos. Hubby always feels lucky and thinks he is going to win the big one, but I think those casinos are in operation because they are making money of the people losing, and I just know that person is going to be me... so I just dont contribute. I'm not a lottery player either.
Anyway, thanks for the points again. Glitch, you better get busy because I'm coming after you