This forum is in the public domain, i.e. it is open to all without registration, and as such anything you post here can be seen by all.
On a daily basis there are spammers, scammers, stalkers and various internet weirdos having a look round here, that’s just the way of the internet now. Some may even be members, but the vast majority are likely to have found this forum by way of internet searches and links posted elsewhere.
The mods do a good job rooting out most of the spam, which is why you see so little here, most of it is either hidden or deleted within a short period of time. If you see a spam post, help them out by using the report function at the bottom of posts, just click on the three dots:
You’ll see another menu appear:
Click on the flag item and you’ll get a dialogue box where you can let the mods know why you feel a post is either inappropriate, or is spam:
You can use this function to alert the mods about any post you feel is an issue, for example if someone posts a link to your listing or posts information about you personally that you would not have shared with the forum, even if that information is in the public domain elsewhere, use this function.
If you receive a PM (Private Message) from another member, and they ask for information that could either identify you, or your listing, and you feel uncomfortable with the request, use the same technique, it’s available for PMs also.
The majority of posters on here are good folks, but it is worth remembering that we have no way of knowing if someone is a genuine host, guest or maybe just your average internet weirdo.
To use the words of the late, great, Michael Conrad: