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can you chat with people privately on ask?

I know its a huge community, just curious if there was like a instant message type deal, like Facebook.

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No, Ask is not set up to be a "social media" site like FB so there is no way to private message someone, or to search for specific users.

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And to the best of your knowledge....are they intending to keep IM off of here?
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You know IDK . there are a lot of discussions going on on how to improve the site and the sorts of things we could offer that would make the site more fun for users but as far as I know they *still* don't really want it to be an actual social media site. The issues with it clashing with the not giving or asking for outside contact info are apparent,, we couldn't control that *at all* if they allowed private messaging so either they would have to change their stance on that rule or keep IM's off the site. The survey they sent out last week was meant to add to these discussions but I'm not sure yet what the results were. There will be some changes coming this year (hoping for some fun stuff like graphic emoticons and maybe a user search to make following friends easier) but we don't have any info on anything that has been decided upon yet.
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I hear ya Deana....everytime I've answered a survey I have made sure to be adamant to specify how totally against IM's I am.....if it can't be said for all to see, then it's probably not the sort of content that belongs here......in my humble opinion....8)
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I must agree, though being a Mod for as long as I have it has biased me ;) I just can't get past the fear that since we have kids on here that is just a invite for every perv and pedo to come stalk our kiddos *shudder* I have dealt with that before and it is NO fun, you actually get nightmares about it. :(
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EXACTLY!! And it stinks that we even need to worry about such things but it's the world we live in.......
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I know :( I worked somewhere before on a live teen chat, but since we were adults we were forbidden to actually talk to the kids... all we could do was post prewritten warnings etc. I can't tell you how many times I saw "stalkers" trying to get kids to give them their info first one kid then that kid would leave and then the next and the next .. fishing until they could convince one.. all we could do is warn them to not give out their info but since it was live chat if they did there was no way to stop it, all we could do is ban the kid afterward and report the "stalker" it was horrible no one thinks it can happen to them... but it does... it happens all the time :(
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Technology......pros and cons.....humans think they're soooo smart.....not all tech is bad, but we could and did survive without a LOT of this stuff for generations prior....and all this automation....self-checkout, E-Z Pass, Trains basically drive themselves these days......craziness
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If my rant makes sense....8)
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Of course it did... I *still* don't even own a cell phone LOL... I have had them in the past but I don't really need one, used it maybe once every couple months and could not justify the cost of it lol. A lot of the technology is convenient to be sure and there are some things I can't imagine living w/o (my computer and my microwave are two) but even those I could probably "get over" if I had to.... electricity and flushing toilets are a must though LOL
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To think there never used to be flushing toilets........
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This is not a social media site no matter how hard some teens are trying to make it one. Its a problem solving site.

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