B.O.L.O. For Absent Members Of The Forum.......

Axxe55

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I thought long and hard over the last couple of days about how to approach this. Brought up by the passing of a member of the forum, who was absent for several weeks since his last appearance. That was sad, and a dose of reality. Many people think of the internet, and forums as being faceless and anonymous, and in many places it is. But TGT has shown, time and time again, it's in some ways like a family, and at least a community of like-minded people, who actually get together in person, if nothing more than just a FTF buying and selling items they have here for sale.

Maybe what we need is a TGT Network. Where we get to know a few members even if just by PM, and trade a phone number, an email, or maybe even an address is case something were to happen to someone and they were absent for a length of time from the forum.

Good idea, or bad idea? lets open this up for discussion!
 

candcallen

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Some forums have call trees, especially in/among the preppers. Some forums have basically the same kinda thing where a couple folks collect info. I know one forum had the mods collect the info into a secure section but if the forum goes down and there is no back up.

Also identity issues.

Interesting thoughts. Maybe a couple regional folks who keep info for the region. And the gate keepers all know each other's contact info, again call tree like.

Texas ain't no baby state where if you live in the middle its it's only a couple hours to anyplace else.
 

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Some forums have call trees, especially in/among the preppers. Some forums have basically the same kinda thing where a couple folks collect info. I know one forum had the mods collect the info into a secure section but if the forum goes down and there is no back up.

Also identity issues.

Interesting thoughts. Maybe a couple regional folks who keep info for the region. And the gate keepers all know each other's contact info, again call tree like.

Texas ain't no baby state where if you live in the middle its it's only a couple hours to anyplace else.

yes it is large.

from central tx when you hit the edge of the state you are 1/2 way to the left coast.
 

Rhino

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Here's an interesting thing:

 

popsgarland

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This is a great idea and since Texas is a large state, it would be great if we could have a Spring and/or Fall reunion in several places across Texas instead of just the one place. It's a very long drive for some of us. I went to our last Spring reunion and had to do the, all most, 8 hour,round trip, drive in the same day because I can't leave my wife alone over night. Her health isn't great. Doesn't even have to be a reunion, just a member get together.
 

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This is a great idea and since Texas is a large state, it would be great if we could have a Spring and/or Fall reunion in several places across Texas instead of just the one place. It's a very long drive for some of us. I went to our last Spring reunion and had to do the, all most, 8 hour,round trip, drive in the same day because I can't leave my wife alone over night. Her health isn't great. Doesn't even have to be a reunion, just a member get together.
Start a lunch meet for the DFW area. We have one in SA and they have one over in Austin
 

toddnjoyce

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…Maybe what we need is a TGT Network.

Good idea, or bad idea? lets open this up for discussion!
I’ll counter this with we already do, to a degree. There are numerous members here who maintain IRL relationships and connectivity outside the forum. Orbitup’s recent health problem comes to mind and fell into a similar pattern of disappearing for a few days before folks started reaching out and information started to flow.

The contrary view is that not everyone wants to opt-in for something like that for various reasons and, in the event of a member passing, we may have no idea of the arrangements, estrangements, grief, and privacy desires of the next of kin.

Every death is both a tragedy and a statistic.

This is a great idea and since Texas is a large state, it would be great if we could have a Spring and/or Fall reunion in several places across Texas instead of just the one place. It's a very long drive for some of us.
Valid points, nothing stops anyone from putting together a range day/get together at any point. A few years ago this month, I did just that here in San Antonio. The Austin area folks have an active lunch bunch with some member names I’ve only seem active in that thread. Houston has had active ftf meets for a long time.

Another instance that comes to mind is when a noob came here and asked a question about whether a .22LR could be lethal. It was obvious by the post that heightened concern was needed and a couple of members reported the post immediately. @benenglish reached out to authorities who were able to do a welfare check to discover the backstory which, while innocent enough, did not obviate the need for the action taken that day.

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What all this shakes out to is that we the members have a lot of control over how active we are IRL. If you can write a post, you can organize a meetup or range day. Having/sharing alternate contact info with members to check up one one another during trying times of any sort isn’t a bad idea, when it’s opt-in.

Each of us contribute to making this place what we want it to be. Decide what you want it to be for you and make that happen.
 
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