Note for mods: I didn't put this in the Q&S forum as I wanted to know how other folks who regularly post here feel about it, as this issue pertains to this forum specifically. I know many of us do not go to the Q&S forum so this seems like the best place to ask this question.
I recently noticed some new members (people with less than 50 posts) posting here and went to the Questions forum to learn that indeed TAO is no longer the semi-private forum it used to be. Anyone and everyone can post here and read here. I don't necessarily have a problem with new members posting here, but I myself am not pleased that this forum can now come up on google searches and everything we say here can be read by the entire www. I liked being able to say things here I might not want, say, my in-laws or coworkers to be able to find, should they be internet-stalking me.
I am curious if other regular posters to this forum a.) knew about this change and b.) mind that this has happened. Supposedly there was an announcement, but I for one never saw it. Did anyone else?
I kinda wish we had been asked about this. I did ask in the thread on Q&S why this decision was made, and as of yet there's no response. Can anyone tell me? IMO the "amongst ourselves" title of this forum conveys the purpose of it: a place where we can chat amongst other regular MDC members without the entire www able to read what we say here. I do realize of course that anyone and everyone can eventually reach a semi-private forum and what we say here is still public. But I also know that, for example, my SIL is not about to join MDC and make 50 posts and wait 6 months just to find me here, kwim?