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Subject: public profile question
Date Posted: 9/9/2010 11:28 PM ET
Member Since: 5/9/2010
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I recently ordered a book from someone and a little bit later was thinking of ordering another from the same person.  When I clicked on their name, it appears that they may not have set up a public profile as I could only see their bookshelf.  This is the first time I've run across someone that hasn't set a public profile and  I was wondering why someone wouldn't.  Is it some sort of privacy issue?   I'm a curious person and would like to know about the people that I order books from.  Any ideas?

Date Posted: 9/9/2010 11:34 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2009
Posts: 20,210
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I didn't set on up until about 6 months ago. When I opened my account, I used it for the basic send 1 book order 1 book. Then someone asked me for a deal on some of my books. I had no idea what they were talking about , so when they explained it, I made my way to the forums. After seeing other peoples profiles, that's when I set mine up. I think a lot of members don't bother with the extras of the site. Some members keep their profiles private for there own reasons. I'm a nosey person, so I like looking at other members profiles. You get a feel for their personalities and they aren't so much just a name on the screen :)

Date Posted: 9/10/2010 1:27 AM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
Posts: 15,384
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The profiles are now on a standard setting of being turned off when you join.  You have to deliberately set up a profile. 

For some, it is a privacy issue.  Knew of one member who had left a domestic abuse relationship and wanted complete privacy, her books even went to a PO box.

Others believe in FIFO.

Some just don't hang out in forums and don't know about profiles.

Date Posted: 9/10/2010 8:30 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
Posts: 26,510
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Some people never do more than trade books. They don't come to the forums or do anythiing at PBS other than post and order books.