"Yehudh bn Shlmo" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote
I have yet to hear a good reason why it is necessaryIf I knew that you lived in NY I might suggest that you visit New York City
Library whereas if you lived in Australia I would suggest differently.
There was a recent series of postings regarding the S55 form which I believe
relates to Social Security in the USA. I live in the UK but it was assumed
that everyone on the newsgroup would know what was being referred to.
Given that this is an international newsgroup/discussion group it makes a
lot of sense to know where they are posting from, so that potential posters
can make a judgement as to what information/sources/buildings the poster is
likely to have access to.
Of course, if the poster chooses not to reveal that information that is
clearly up to them (and the Moderators).
But I would add that every time someone makes a request for some information
about a relative or an ancestor, they are giving up something personal.
I can't see how this sort of discussion group can work without providing the
kind of information that the poster seems to object to revealing.
I am also concerned about my own personal privacy, but clearly by taking
part in this newsgroup I have given away a little of that.
After all, if I make a comment on someone else's posting regarding the
situation in the US, I would have thought that it was relevant that I live
in England, if nothing else.
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