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  1. 10_3XL

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    Okay, I acknowledge this could fit into the Venting or Rant threads that already exist, but I'm looking for more focused discussion on this topic. I didn't want to digress those threads too much if this sparks a lively discussion (which I hope it will)!

    Let me start by defining "Tourist" in the context of this post:

    Tourist [toor-ist] noun - an individual who registers with a site to gain access to the content restricted to members, but then typically does not contribute to the site.​

    Is anybody else bothered by all the Tourists out there (on both SF and pretty much every other place online ever)? Is this just me letting something that is ultimately negligible get under my skin?

    I don't mind people looking around to get a feel before joining in, but for someone to register and then only take from a site and not contribute is irritating. Sites like SF require active participation to stay alive, relevant, and entertaining - if we all only browsed the photos/videos and never did anything to add to the site then it would surely die very quickly.

    And, no, posting five pictures of your genitals (or posting pictures you claim are yours, but that you stole from a different adult site) does not count as contribution! Contributing by my definition means actively taking part in the discussions available on the site. Contributing is to reach out to other members beyond, "Plz raet m dik ladees!" or "Wut U tink of ma pssy guys???" Contributing is being genuine in your posts and being yourself within the (reasonable) expectations of the community you have joined...

    If all you want is pornography then go to a pornographic website! If you don't want to pay - this is the 21st century; the Information Age! There are plenty of Free Content sites out there for you to browse - why bother with a site that does not have its central focus as pornographic content?

    Anyway, I'm interested to see peoples' thoughts on this. Agree. Disagree. Neither. Tourists are welcome to weigh in on this, too. I'd be very interested to get their opinion on the matter. ;)
     
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    I personally don't give a hang what transients do or not.
    If they don't want to contribute then it is best that they be gone someplace else that suits them better.
    However in the past there has been one or three that given their profile I would have liked to have known a little more about before they vamoosed but who really knows why they did.
    Some may well have been frightened or spookedof discovery perhaps?
     
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  3. oldkid

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    I agree with both of these guys. Maybe some of them are just dipping their toe in the water to see if they like it. Maybe there's a way to filter some of it, but to what end?:rolleyes:
     
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    I generally consider myself to be someone who just lurks around. I read the majority of the recent content, but don't usually feel I have anything to add.

    I think there's a very fine line between a "tourist" as you say and a forum lurker. I think the difference isn't necessarily post counts, but instead the quality and quantity of posts within a certain amount of time. Lurkers may come and go, but they don't typically disappear forever after a few hours of posting on everything.

    I have been on sites in the past that required a certain number of posts before you got access to the adult picture content. The number wasn't advertised, and the sub-forum wasn't visible (even the heading) until you reached a certain number of posts. I think this helped with the millions of dick pics posted by people who signed up ten minutes ago, never to return again. It also seemed that people were more open with explicit pictures, because of the "safety net" of only contributing members being able to see the content.
     
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    Tourists, transients, lurkers whatever you call I find somewhat "freaky". Still, I don't want to be biased because they may have their reasons. For instance, I could not find a way to delete your account on your own here. Another case pertaining to myself is, sometimes I find a site I may be interested of, join in to see what it's like but don't have much time then and I forget about it later.

    But for the most, I find somewhat "freaky"
     
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    I'm not bothered by people who do not contribute often or who are just checking to see if the site catches their interest. These people at least usually contribute a little bit. It is those who do nothing or fill the threads with nonsense that belongs elsewhere. Those are the tourists that bother me and that I was specifically complaining of in my original post.
     
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    I totaly agree with what you complain in your original post
     
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    Tourist do slightly bother me, or rather annoy me: You welcome them (if they bother introducing themselves) then they disappear.
    Sometimes you see "members on line" who you never see posting.
    I do think that there should be a 'post number' applied to them before they can be considered "members", until that number is reached they should be considered as "visitors", like in any really life 'club' - they can see what's going on, gauge the tone of the place and decided to fully join or go - but without full access to 'member facilities'.
     
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    Tourists should be able to read, but not contribute. plain and simple.
     
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    The tourists bug me a little. The idea that someone wants to be a voyeur and just see what's going on and not participate is unfathomable to me. Also happens in real life. Very common for 'civilians' who have never sat on a bike to go to bike rallies and stare as if the real bikers are animals in a zoo. Sometimes the results are not what they expected!
     
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    They only really bother me when they attempt to msg constantly or post dozens of comments that have no value other than attempting to get you on Skype or some crap. If ppl want to lurk, so be it, but don't interfere with those of us that want to genuinely interact.

    -Mr. B
     
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    I think the title of the forum brings an element in that doesn’t really understand what is going on. I imagine they think it’s all a big jerk-off site where in reality it’s not all about that.
     
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    I've been riding for decades and that's what I've pretty well found. Very few exceptions.
     
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    Tourists/lurkers/guests.... Don't bother me a bit.

    It's their choice to participate or not.
     
  15. oldkid

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    Keep lurking. We kinda like you here.:)
    The last para. is so appropriate. I just reply with some snarky comment and click ignore.:oops:
     
  16. oldkid

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    And you can quote me on that. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.! Don't know how that got there, must have been pre-coffee.
     
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