So you are saying that if I don't join I have to say I'm of age in the new web site each time I want to read a QAF story for adults? But if I join I won't have to do that? If I join you will have my birthday and email address. Can you trace my idenity with that? I'm excited about the new website but afraid to join anything to protect who I am online.
Thank you for your response. These are good questions. All of us needs to be concerned how much information we share online.
First let me say, usually most people don't give their real names. They use a pen name or a user name, or a moniker.
Secondly, the only people who can see your email address on Whispers are admins. We never share our email list with another party. We would provide an email address to law enforcement if requested. That's the only exception. We have to have a current email address to insure when you contact us for any reason; we can verify it's really you writing to us. For example, if someone writes to us saying close your account, we would make sure the message is coming from your registered email address before closing your membership. And later on, we might provide a special email service in the Whispers Social Network that is never data mined or sold to advertisers. Unlike Facebook and MySpace, we will never compromise the privacy of our members for profit. Setting up a private email service for our members will be a huge and complex job, and we'll look into it after getting the new website online and working well.
There's a loophole here you can take advantage of right now. If you join before the new website goes online, you don't have to give us your birth date and will be grandfathered in so to speak. And those who give us their birth dates on the new website at registration, can opt out of receiving public notices of a Happy Birthday message; therefore, the public can never see when you were born.
I'm going to look into labeling all existing members when we go live with the new website: "Founding Member". This will honor the people who were with us in the beginning of the new Whispers experience.
It's impossible to trace who you are with just your email address and birth date. Someone can find your IP address with an email but it only tells the address of your Internet service provider. Mine shows an area over 60 miles from me. And a birth date without a proper name is useless.
UPDATE: Your review got us to thinking that we really don't need birth dates. We may just say anyone 13 y/o or older can join, and ask if they are 17 y/o or older at registration. Those under 17 will be restricted until they tell us they have reached 17 y/o. We need legal advice on this matter before making a final decision.
I hope to have answered your concerns. Should you have further questions, feel free to contact me with the Contact Us button in the top menu below each header/banner at the top of each Whispers page.
~bob, admin, tech support