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    Question Do You Ever Wonder .....?
    When someone a long way away, in a different country and culture, answers one of your questions, or a thread started by and continued by other persons, do you ever wonder ...
    1. What does the respondent look like?
    2. Is the respondent male or female?
    3. How old is the respondent?
    4. What the respondent is doing at the time (other than responding of course)
    5. What kind of life the respondent leads/has led?
    6. What makes the respondent tick eg. why s/he uses these forums?

    Why these posers? One post in particular has got me thinking a lot about people beyond my own situation, culture and comfort zone, and who they really are.

    I'd be a hopeless tourist because all I'd want to do would be to sit down amongst local people, to share a drink and to listen, swapping stories and life's experiences. The great cathedrals, art galleries, monuments and historical sites would have to do without me. I'm sure they'd cope.

    I, myself, personally - all three of us - would welcome your thoughts about the interaction that goes on within this Mac-related microcosm of a United Nations.

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    I'm often disappointed whenever I meet someone from online in real life. I always picture people as who I imagine them to me, and I've been proved to have quite the imagination..

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    Yeah, I do sometimes... We do have the Mug Shot thread so you can actually see the person for what they look like.

    In terms of life-style, etc, I feel that most people are pretty open to themselves, to some extent about their lives. You can kind of get a sense of personality when you read their posts.

    I actually think there was a thread or two about people's jobs and what they did for a living.

    I see what you mean though, more like, "what are they like on a day-to-day basis?" kind of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughvane View Post
    1. What does the respondent look like?
    2. Is the respondent male or female?
    3. How old is the respondent?
    4. What the respondent is doing at the time (other than responding of course)
    5. What kind of life the respondent leads/has led?
    6. What makes the respondent tick eg. why s/he uses these forums?

    1.)See my post in the Mug Shot thread.

    2.)Male.

    3.)13 years old.

    4.)Getting ready for school .

    5.)Good life. Goooooood life.

    6.)I use them because I enjoy computers, and am a smart kid with lots of extra time on my hands. I belong to probably 10 other forums, all for my hobbies, such as HTML, photography, railroads.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hughvane View Post
    When someone a long way away, in a different country and culture, answers one of your questions, or a thread started by and continued by other persons, do you ever wonder ...
    1. What does the respondent look like?
    2. Is the respondent male or female?
    3. How old is the respondent?
    4. What the respondent is doing at the time (other than responding of course)
    5. What kind of life the respondent leads/has led?
    6. What makes the respondent tick eg. why s/he uses these forums?

    Why these posers? One post in particular has got me thinking a lot about people beyond my own situation, culture and comfort zone, and who they really are.

    I'd be a hopeless tourist because all I'd want to do would be to sit down amongst local people, to share a drink and to listen, swapping stories and life's experiences. The great cathedrals, art galleries, monuments and historical sites would have to do without me. I'm sure they'd cope.

    I, myself, personally - all three of us - would welcome your thoughts about the interaction that goes on within this Mac-related microcosm of a United Nations.
    1) I look like a dude that needs to sleep (I am not in to internet pics).

    2) Male

    3) 25

    4) Living and working in Japan for the last few years (I am a Brit).

    5)I work a lot. I get stomachaches from stress and don't sleep as much as I should.

    6)See number 5) plus so I can learn more about OSx.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hughvane View Post
    When someone a long way away, in a different country and culture, answers one of your questions, or a thread started by and continued by other persons, do you ever wonder ...
    1. What does the respondent look like?
    2. Is the respondent male or female?
    3. How old is the respondent?
    4. What the respondent is doing at the time (other than responding of course)
    5. What kind of life the respondent leads/has led?
    6. What makes the respondent tick eg. why s/he uses these forums?

    Why these posers? One post in particular has got me thinking a lot about people beyond my own situation, culture and comfort zone, and who they really are.

    I'd be a hopeless tourist because all I'd want to do would be to sit down amongst local people, to share a drink and to listen, swapping stories and life's experiences. The great cathedrals, art galleries, monuments and historical sites would have to do without me. I'm sure they'd cope.

    I, myself, personally - all three of us - would welcome your thoughts about the interaction that goes on within this Mac-related microcosm of a United Nations.

    I sometimes think about that, not only on this forum but in live in general...
    Why are people doing the things they do ... anyway

    1. I look like my avatar
    2. Male
    3. 48
    4. I am having a cup of tea whilst listening to my daughter playing the piano
    5. Before our 1st daughter was born in 1989, my life was chaotic because I was very restless, always busy, never took time for myself. Now I am the happiest person in the world
    6. What drives me is ... my family and the people in my team. I will do all I can to help them grow and develop hoping that they will contribute in a positive way to this grazy world.

    I am a strong believer in the concept of " Life Long Learning " and most important ... don't wait for an opportunity to be offered to you, but actively look for opportunities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy348 View Post
    I'm often disappointed whenever I meet someone from online in real life. I always picture people as who I imagine them to me, and I've been proved to have quite the imagination..
    I remember vividly a well-known talkback host in this country saying to a regular old-timer, who'd invited him to call in for a beer one day after work ... "thanks very much, but I never socialise with talkback callers or accept invitations to meet them; the experience is often disappointing for both parties." He handled it very nicely/politely, but I thought at the time he was probably both right - and wise.

    I've received a few PMs from forum users who say they're planning on traveling to NZ "sometime soon", and "maybe we'll meet up because I'll be visiting your area". I wonder how I'd handle that. Forums are in essence anonymous, as evidenced by the user names (some wonderful inventions there), and the admin has systems in place to protect people's privacy.

    I think you make a good point about the forum atmosphere being such that you can imagine the characteristics of the respondent accurately much of the time. I still wonder though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughvane View Post
    I'd be a hopeless tourist because all I'd want to do would be to sit down amongst local people, to share a drink and to listen, swapping stories and life's experiences. The great cathedrals, art galleries, monuments and historical sites would have to do without me. I'm sure they'd cope.

    I think that makes you an excellent tourist

    There is nothing better than going to another country and just going with the flow, just seeing who you bump in to, and talking to the people on the next table at a restaurant. A friend of mine is fantastic at this, I swear you could parachute him in somewhere like Afghanistan in the morning and by lunchtime he will be having tea in some local's house
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    Quote Originally Posted by hughvane View Post
    When someone a long way away, in a different country and culture, answers one of your questions, or a thread started by and continued by other persons, do you ever wonder ...
    1. What does the respondent look like?
    2. Is the respondent male or female?
    3. How old is the respondent?
    4. What the respondent is doing at the time (other than responding of course)
    5. What kind of life the respondent leads/has led?
    6. What makes the respondent tick eg. why s/he uses these forums?

    Why these posers? One post in particular has got me thinking a lot about people beyond my own situation, culture and comfort zone, and who they really are.

    I'd be a hopeless tourist because all I'd want to do would be to sit down amongst local people, to share a drink and to listen, swapping stories and life's experiences. The great cathedrals, art galleries, monuments and historical sites would have to do without me. I'm sure they'd cope.

    I, myself, personally - all three of us - would welcome your thoughts about the interaction that goes on within this Mac-related microcosm of a United Nations.
    I always associate members with their Avatar, Monkey Boy....



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    Quote Originally Posted by louishen View Post
    There is nothing better than going to another country and just going with the flow, just seeing who you bump into, and talking to the people on the next table at a restaurant.
    A true tourist story attached.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baggss View Post
    I always associate members with their Avatar, Monkey Boy....
    I'll have you know, Mr Baggss sir, that that avatar is honoring an undertaking - and earning me a case of wine after 12 months into the bargain - to a friend who dared me to use it for a year. I've become sort-of accustomed and attached to it now, and can imagine me at the age of 93 looking rather like that. I wear spectacles already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughvane View Post
    I'll have you know, Mr Baggss sir, that that avatar is honoring an undertaking - and earning me a case of wine after 12 months into the bargain - to a friend who dared me to use it for a year. I've become sort-of accustomed and attached to it now, and can imagine me at the age of 93 looking rather like that. I wear spectacles already.
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