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Why wouldn't you say where you are from?

I was going through the Member's List on homepage today and saw that a large number of members have declined to say which country they are from. Many have "No Location Specified" in the location column.

I find this a little strange. I wonder if this is an unintentional oversight or do people really don't want to tell which country they are from. Or maybe people are afraid of being stereotyped on basis of their roots or culture. Or is this a privacy issue? Well, this post is turning into quite a poll.

For my part, I like to know which countries people are from because diversity is the beauty of sites like these. We can all meet at one place and discuss our lifestyle, habits, culture, traditions and beliefs on an equal footing. We may have different skin color,languages, religions, celebrations and ideas but I am proud of my heritage and nationality and I am sure so is everyone here so why not tell where you are from.


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MegL wrote on November 26, 2014, 12:27 PM

I didn't recall a question on that when I signed up or maybe I missed it. Then was surprised when I looked at my own profile to find it missing.

Donna_Thacker wrote on November 26, 2014, 2:51 PM

When I signed up my profile said No location specified as default choice. It took me a bit to figure out how to navigate to edit it. Maybe that is why others haven't changed it yet.

Scorpie wrote on November 26, 2014, 3:26 PM

I'm from the USA. If ya need to know more than that you best get a subpoena.

maxeen wrote on November 26, 2014, 4:20 PM

I find it is a little annoying,accident or not,I like to go to a country-online-I am not aware of, and check it out, after reading a post about it. Part of my geography lesson...

Kasman wrote on November 26, 2014, 5:39 PM

A person's location is quite often revealed in the posts they write so I don't see what all the secrecy is about.

bestwriter wrote on November 26, 2014, 7:00 PM

Strangely in the introduction a mention is made. Many I feel do not fill the form correctly but not intentionally. I too would want to know where members come from.

carmela wrote on November 26, 2014, 8:44 PM

i had to edit my profile information then i added the Philippines as my location. i am also interested in finding out which country a fellow member of Persona Paper comes from!

Jlbowden wrote on November 26, 2014, 11:29 PM

My exact thoughts on this subject and well stated.

Dawnwriter wrote on November 26, 2014, 11:56 PM

That's what I thought too.

AliCanary wrote on November 27, 2014, 1:45 AM

I didn't bother putting it on my profile, but anyone who reads my posts will find out :)

Dawnwriter wrote on November 27, 2014, 3:15 AM


Dawnwriter wrote on November 27, 2014, 3:21 AM

That's all I need to know :) :)

LoudMan wrote on November 27, 2014, 8:34 AM

It strikes me as odd, too. Why would people want to keep their location a secret?

GemOfAGirl wrote on November 27, 2014, 11:49 PM

For me, it's a privacy issue. However, if you read enough of my articles and comments, I do sometimes specify a region, and on extremely rare occasions, an actual state in an actual country. Not everybody needs to know where I'm from, and I'm entitled to keep anything about myself as private or as public as I want. The people who need to know where I'm located already know where to find me.

GemOfAGirl wrote on November 27, 2014, 11:51 PM

I couldn't have put it better! emoticon :smile:

Scorpie wrote on November 28, 2014, 9:58 AM

Stalking, Phishing, Identity theft, Harassment, just to name a few.

Glenn wrote on November 29, 2014, 11:29 PM

I know what the problem is. Persona Paper does not ask for that when one signs up. Mine was left with the default "no location specified" also. And I only discovered it because I like to dig deep and analyze things. And when I analyzed my own profile I discovered that field and I filled it in.

scheng1 wrote on December 4, 2014, 8:11 AM

I am too lazy to edit the profile, though I mention my country in my first post.
I think the locality and nationality do not always mean the same thing. People move around the world for work and study.

Brillian wrote on March 5, 2015, 2:32 AM

I agree with the first reason you cited - stereotyping is common online. I personally acknowledge that as my reason for not specifying my location. Experience can either traumatize you or makes you strong. In my case ( so with some of my friends, we were - well traumatized is a strong word for this feeling, maybe AFFECTED fits it.

Dawnwriter wrote on March 5, 2015, 2:58 AM

Haha. When it comes to online stereotyping, it does not get tougher than being a "Muslim", or being from "Pakistan" but people here are very nice, respectful and friendly.