posted on Jul, 28 2006 @ 02:51 AM
Most of us have some friends we chat to informally. You know, we talk about every day stuff, the kids, work, home, etc.
I’ve made a lot of these friends here at ATS I chat with regularly. We respect each other’s privacy and anonymity and stick to first names and
U2U’s. No exchange of personal information.
But it has now happened twice that friends completely disappeared without warning. I understand that people lose interest or real life takes over and
people don’t want to or can’t return to ATS. The two people who disappeared are Think2Much and JustGeneric… One day they are active members, and
then without warning they disappear of the map completely. But how do I know if they just lost interest or if they were hurt – or even worse –
killed? I have no way of contacting them outside ATS. I could always ask a Mod for an email address, but hopefully they won’t just give it to anyone
that asks… So now I’m stuck with the mystery – and if they don’t return I’ll probably never know they answer – always wondering if
they’re still alive…
So, here’s my suggestion
: How about some sort of buddy system? I know there’s a “buddy list” in the member center, but it’s not
really used. How about a system where members mutually agree that their “buddy” may receive an email address, should they “disappear”? I know
it’s still a fallible system – there’s no promise that you’ll get any response from an email – but at least you have a better guarantee that
an email will be read compared to a U2U.
I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me? Maybe I drive people away from ATS?
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