podster--are you sure you're looking at the same tab in your diary that you were on before when you saw that someone was watching it? I noticed that the watched thing only shows up on one of my tabs and not on the others, so I think it's watched by tab rather than the whole diary.
1 person is watching this tab! (You are not counted in this number)
My diary is just errant day to day ramblings (at least when I take time to post). It is eerie that someone would care to read it. I am not eloquent or literary. Certainly not informative.
I believe if someone can mark to watch a diary, the diary author should know who it is. If not, I will have to see if I can change my privacy settings or delete. My journal or the threads don't seem quite as personal.
I would keep it private if you are concerned about someone watching yours. I'm sure there's something in there they find interesting, maybe your ramblings are more exciting or informative than you think! Personally I don't care if I know who's watching mine, I think it's nice if someone finds some part of my yard interesting enough that they want to stay updated on it. But if it bothers you I would definitely make it private, then your problem is solved.
Photos have a copyright as any internet user could download a copy of the image and use it anyway they wish. They could sell it for profit, they could represent it as their own, they could use it to promote their business, etc. Basically it insures that the owner of the photograph is given credit for it. I know that on occasion Dave has been contacted by outside entities/people to request the owner's permission to use the photo.
I love reading other's blogs. With people living in different states, zones, rural vs urban, other countrys. I am fasinated by how these differences effect things. I've also met some very terrific people. It seems to me that gardening is a passion but also an act of nurturing and caring and that shows in some of the blogs.
I do agree it would be nice to be able to know who is watching, but at the same time I think it gives me a sense of freedom. I love the blogs. I love the sense of closeness that this intire site gives. This is a social site that actually is social, not just a a constant flow of snippits of none information.
Does anyone know if the blog/journal features are available to a non-subscribing member? My subscription comes due in August and I am debating about renewal. I realize I will lose most of the forums, but am not sure about the blog/journal. I only want to access my own, as I use it the so-called blog as my garden diary. If I will lose access to that, I may want to rethink my decision and/or transfer the information somehow. Thanks for any insight.
Thank you, echoes. I've pretty much decided to lapse, particularly with whatever has now happened to the main page. Not sure if it is a glitch specific to me, but everything is all jumbled together without the top banner - just a smallish caterpillar, with a list of options that runs into the actual threads. I'm just tired of fighting it all...