No Private Message. How to Communicate?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Aug 2, 2013 4:30 AM Last Post By: Liamloft
May 9, 2013 3:18 AM
No Private Message. How to Communicate?Hi Chaps,
I am sure you are all aware now that The Thorn Tree has been heavily pruned.
As we now have no PM facility I was wondering how people are privately communicating with each other outside of the posts.
Obviously you can give your email address (if this is allowed), but then you are open to all the spammers and scammers. I think I may say, join the CTC forum and message me there. (CTC is UK's leading Cycling Organisation). It is an interesting business model that forces the user of a service to advertise and use another!
Anyone any ideas.
May 9, 2013 4:06 AM
May 10, 2013 3:58 AM
2I've more or less stopped coming here since the changes.
I'm not going to use twitter or skype instead of the message facility - not that I used it much anyway. If people really want to find me, they can do it via my crazyguy journals, although most people here who I might want to communicate with already have my email address.
Edited by: MrNightwood
May 10, 2013 3:28 PM
3pq, is true. You've been around here a long time, long enough to remember when the BBC took it over and OYB lost 3/4 of it's subscribers. And now the self destruct mission continues. None of which is helpful to the purpose of LP. Most all the regulars and their knowledge have disappeared.
The PM facility was a big asset. Some replies/communication you didn't want to go international to whoever.
Same, I don't use twitter and aren't going to. skype is good but not so practical for on here.
Editing can be done, but only for a few hours after posting. Be too late now. The only chance to alter it would be to beg the mod or ed, if they still even have either, to change it. Yeah, there are programs/computers that continually trawl for addresses. The world we live in. I'd need more trust and want than I have to put my address out there. Apart from travelers caution, I learned. I had (past tense. I dropped them fast) an IP where someone was selling addresses. Before I had a chance even to use the 2nd address there was colossal deluge of spam. Which was both annoying and expensive.
May 14, 2013 3:19 PM
4Simon ,are you on the road or home enjoying the English weather.
I was up the other side of Songpan 6 days ago camping in a Nomad tent and we got 2 foot of snow my poor bike was out side and I had to dig it out.
OK mate have a great day and when we meet again I shall buy you a beer as long as you don't mention the cricket cause we have gone to shit.
May 14, 2013 3:35 PM
May 15, 2013 3:50 AM
6Hi Boagy, snow in China hmmmm, maybe not unexpected, unfortunately they are forecasting it for the UK today - in bl**dy May!
I am back in UK till about Oct then I will be heading off again. Currently thinking of Taiwan, but that is maybe a bit small for 2 months so will be looking for an add on.
I was in Cuba for 2 months and am now getting withdrawal symptoms for SE Asia (incl China). Can't say I was overly impressed with Cuba. SE A's gotta be the best place to be, weather, people, food, roads, etc.
Back to the post. It is not only the Lonely Planet TT that is being gradually ruined. The guide books are also becoming less and less useful for individual budget travelers. Has anyone else noticed that the cheap accom is being removed. I first noticed it back in 2003 in the S India book, so its not just a BBC or new (US) owner thing, but has been going on for a while. I recently used the new Vietnam book and they have dropped perfectly good cheapish hotels in favour of more upmarket options. Their current books are certainly not what Tony Wheeler originally intended.
Also, the maps in the books are nowhere near as good as they used to be - why don't they show those arrows directing you out of town - a really useful feature for cyclists....but who cares about cyclists.
Unfortunately my advice to budget travellers is to try and find old editions as they are more likely to have decent budget options. I also think I may start looking at Rough Guides.
Come on Lonely Planet, you have (or had) great products why trash them with unwanted changes!
Edited by: SimonHill
May 30, 2013 3:25 AM
7Yeah... since no PM I'm rarely here. That's a pity cos I made some of my best friends here on TT since 2000, watched them get married, have kids of their own.... I mainly use Facebook cycling groups now to make contact, they have a much user-friendly interface. Sorry Lonely Planet - you were great in the past, but now.... hmmmm
Jun 11, 2013 6:48 AM
Jun 11, 2013 11:49 AM
9The whole of Thorn Tree was closed just before Christmas and stayed down for a week or two. Not great timing for the many people who were travelling over the Christmas/New Year period.
There was no official LP explanation, but if you do a search on google - something like 'Thorn Tree closed' you will get some suggestions as to why it closed.
When the TT came back the PM facility was disabled and has remained so. I think that as LP can't control the 'private' PMs they decided to not have them for fear of ilicit things being discussed.
You may also find that some posts (presumably on keywords) are held back and audited by the moderators before they appear (or disappear). I just wrote one about malaria that was audited. It was obviously found to be OK because it was posted some time later.
Aug 2, 2013 4:30 AM
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