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Subject: Privacy controls
Date Posted: 2/10/2010 12:08 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/10/2010 12:10 PM ET
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Before ordering, some people have said they like to know that the sender is a regular mailer. That they're on-line and participating rather than someone who's posted a book when they joined, then left their bookshelf up when they lost interest.

I don't think it's that critical, myself. I just use the FIFO and let it work itself out.

Date Posted: 2/10/2010 12:11 PM ET
Member Since: 11/5/2009
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Maybe they think that peoplel will be reassured that they will get the book with no hassle if they can see that a member has been here for a while and done a lot of trading.

I don't look at the stats of people who are sending me books, though.  It never occurred to me to do so.

Gavia -
Date Posted: 2/10/2010 12:24 PM ET
Member Since: 12/23/2009
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Before ordering, some people have said they like to know that the sender is a regular mailer. That they're on-line and participating rather than someone who's posted a book when they joined, then left their bookshelf up when they lost interest.

After I joined PBS, I took a look at some of the other swap sites (which I never even knew existed prior to joining PBS).   At least one of them has feedback, kind of like e-bay, if I understand correctly.  So if a member  on that site doesn't mail the book, or delays too long, he gets a negative or neutral, rather than positive feedback.  But the whole trade system works somewhat differently than on PBS.  

I'm glad PBS doesn't have this,  but  maybe allowing people to see your activity serves the same purpose.  I never would have thought to look at this either; so far, all the transactions I've done, since I joined in December, have gone very smoothly.   

Date Posted: 2/10/2010 12:26 PM ET
Member Since: 10/22/2009
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I check out people's profiles all the time...just out of curiousity.    I don't worry about whether someone is displaying the number of books they've sent/received but I do find it interesting.    Some people here have sent and received ALOT of books!

I have mine set to display the number of books I've sent and received simply because I can't think of a reason not to display that.

Date Posted: 2/10/2010 12:41 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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I show mine because I see no reason to keep it a secret.

Date Posted: 2/10/2010 12:47 PM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2007
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Ditto what Sara said. 

Date Posted: 2/10/2010 1:00 PM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
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Yup, I specifically show mine so that people see that I have sent and requested a lot of books -- my way of saying, "Hey, I'm an active member!" I often check out other's profiles, especially when they have not responded to a request after a few says, to see if they are active and I am turned off by people who hide it -- I mean, what's to hide? I like seeing when someone last signed in, how many books they have sent, etc. -- it is reassuring!

Date Posted: 2/10/2010 6:15 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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I show mine, but I do wonder what they think when they see I've been sent twice as many books as I've mailed out.  I'm not very well self-controlled about not buying credits when there are books I want and have no other credits. What can I say?  I try to restrain myself by only buying credits from PBS.  The higher price is some deterrent.  Not much , though!!  But fortunately, my TBR is so big that I can't justify buying credits any more.  I'm doing better.

Ruth