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User currently offlineTheSultanOfWing From El Salvador, joined Dec 2012, 140 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2948 times:

As per title.....what would you do?

Just to clarify, I am not one to peek at somebody else's screen (I'd like to think I have my own life) but it can not be avoided sometimes; at airports or malls or even when flying you do get the occasional glance at other people's screens / computers.

Say that you're seated next to somebody who's actively typing a post on here......would you say "hello" as a fellow member?
Just curious because I happened to see it the other day......it kind of of reminded me of this site (the unmistakable blue), and joined the next day!

Cheers,


FH


I feel like the A318 at times: I am probably worth more parted out than as a whole.
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User currently offlineHoMsaR From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2900 times:

Maybe try and get a glimpse of what thread they're posting to, then respond in that thread with some suggestion that you know where they are.

Well, now that I think of it, it does sound kinda creepy.

Buy 'em a snowglobe!



I was raised by a cup of coffee.
User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2320 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2890 times:

"Hey, I know this website too!"

Tell the person you're a user here. Smile. But not in a creepy way. If you've seen what he was typing, don't mention it. Feign some myopia.



Perhaps this person will write soon in this very thread...


David



Keeping calm is terrorism against those who want to live in fear.
User currently onlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6075 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2849 times:
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Quoting TheSultanOfWing (Thread starter):
Say that you're seated next to somebody who's actively typing a post on here......would you say "hello" as a fellow member?

That depends on what member it is.  

I would probably say something and hope they don't get pissed that I was looking at their computer. Chances are they would forgive that indiscretion to strike up a conversation with a fellow a.net member.

Quoting TheSultanOfWing (Thread starter):
actively typing a post on here

I would only say something if they were typing a post, because they may not be a member. I know a guy who is on a.net all the time, but isn't a member. He is in the aircraft insurance business and uses the photos to keep tabs on planes his firm is insuring around the globe.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39698 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2824 times:

Quoting TheSultanOfWing (Thread starter):
I am not one to peek at somebody else's screen


  



I had used a computer in a hotel lobby in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The hotel has two computers for guest to use. I check my email and went to Airliners.net to look at the aircraft I flew on. Looked like another Airliners.net member had stayed at this hotel and used this very computer because it was in the ‘favorites’ of this computer.

Guns, Beer & Rickshaws; Thai 737-400 To Phnom Penh (by Superfly Sep 17 2012 in Trip Reports)



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User currently onlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6075 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2819 times:
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How many a.net members are there?

Is there a breakdown by country?

What would be the odds of running into another a.net member, by chance, is?



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User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7128 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2806 times:

I sat next to a guy on a Norwegian flight a while back, he was using a.net, then he switched to watching gay porn and I thought no I don't want to know who you are.

User currently offlineairtran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3702 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2805 times:
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I saw someone typing on one of the computers in the Skyclub at SEA once. I thought it was kind of funny, but didn't want to be a creeper, so I didn't say anything.


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User currently onlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6075 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2793 times:
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Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 6):
then he switched to watching gay porn and I thought no I don't want to know who you are.

Watching porn on the plane? What a perv! I wonder who it was?

I haven't seen it in a long time, but I remember seeing Penthouse in airport newsstands. I always wondered who was reading that on the plane? I have been known to look at smut, but in the privacy of my own home/car/hotel room, etc.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39698 posts, RR: 75
Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2789 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 5):
What would be the odds of running into another a.net member, by chance, is?


Happened to me 3 times.
Once at a model plane shop here in Bangkok.
A Singaporean guy instantly shouted; "Superfly" in broken Engrish.
He wasn't a member but lurks in the forums and looks at the photos.
Once at SFO's Burger King and the other was a girl I was dating's friends boyfriend that hung out with us at a house party.

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 6):
he was using a.net, then he switched to watching gay porn and I thought no I don't want to know who you are.



              
Must have been in the recent years of A.net....



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User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2774 times:

Quoting TheSultanOfWing (Thread starter):
you're seated next to somebody who's actively typing a post on here......would you say "hello" as a fellow member?

I don't know, as the temptation to get onto the same thread as soon as possible and make certain remark like whether the tomato juice was really good etc may be too much, but fairplay might indicate to reveal that you also are an Anet user


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7692 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2771 times:
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Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 6):
he was using a.net, then he switched to watching gay porn and I thought no I don't want to know who you are.




Must have been in the recent years of A.net....

Had the post simply have said "......switched to watching some good porn on a small CRT TV" I know who my prime suspect would have been!



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User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3065 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2769 times:

This-

Quoting falstaff (Reply 3):
That depends on what member it is.

If it was someone with whom I'm close enough on here to have corresponded via IM, then I'd probably strike up a conversation and introduce myself. If it was someone I know has similar interests to me and who is familiar with my username, for example the frequent contributors in the various car-related threads, then I'd play the situation by ear. If it was just a random member, then I wouldn't say anything.



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User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7128 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2750 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 3):
what member it is.

How are you going to know who the member is unless you start talking to them?

Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
ust have been in the recent years of A.net....

Last year. Like many blokes I'll watch some porn every once in a while but not on a plane or in any other public place.


User currently offlineCharles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1330 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2750 times:

I'd probably say something if I saw that someone in public was reading/posting on a.net. Chances are they have at least an interest in common with you.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 8):
Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 6):
then he switched to watching gay porn and I thought no I don't want to know who you are.

Watching porn on the plane? What a perv! I wonder who it was?

Yes, what a perv...though I probably would have said hi, if he was good looking...   


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39698 posts, RR: 75
Reply 15, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2744 times:

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 11):
on a small CRT TV"

Those are too heavy to lug around.

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 13):
Like many blokes I'll watch some porn every once in a while but not on a plane or in any other public place.

You watch gay porn? I didn't think that was your speed.



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User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5355 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2724 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 5):
What would be the odds of running into another a.net member, by chance, is?

Actuallym the chances are probably ok if you work in the industry or travel a great deal.

Quoting TheSultanOfWing (Thread starter):
As per title.....what would you do?

Absolutely nothing. Which is what I would expect if someone saw me pecking along on A-net.



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User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2320 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2724 times:

"Hi, I saw you using airliners.net. It's a great site."

If this is meant honest and that person tells me of his genuine interest in aviation, I would be happy and offer that person a beer.


David



Keeping calm is terrorism against those who want to live in fear.
User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6133 posts, RR: 30
Reply 18, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2697 times:
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I think this is also a cultural issue. Cultures who are normally more standoffish, like North America or certain countries in Europe will probably feel they are invading someone´s privacy. Other cultures, Latin America, certain ones from Asia, won´t think twice about apporaching someone in the context of the OP.


MGGS
User currently offlinetrvyyz From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1369 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2694 times:

I don't see it any different from seeing anyone using yahoo or facebook.

User currently offlineHoMsaR From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2683 times:

Quoting trvyyz (Reply 19):
I don't see it any different from seeing anyone using yahoo or facebook.

It's different both in the number of users/visitors, and in the fact that airliners.net caters to a special area of interest. If you see someone on airliners.net, you can assume they have some interest in aviation. If you see someone using facebook, the best you can conclude is that they are using a computer.

That said, I say we have a special tattoo or pin or something. That way, you can instantly recognize a friendly a.netter and strike up a conversation (and those that don't want to don't have to get one).



I was raised by a cup of coffee.
User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2320 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2680 times:

Quoting HoMsaR (Reply 20):
That said, I say we have a special tattoo or pin or something. That way, you can instantly recognize a friendly a.netter and strike up a conversation.

One for the Airbus faction, one for the Boeing one.   


David



Keeping calm is terrorism against those who want to live in fear.
User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12339 posts, RR: 25
Reply 22, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2678 times:

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 16):
Which is what I would expect if someone saw me pecking along on A-net.

What if they are peckering along with gay porn?



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User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2320 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2652 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 22):

Must have been a hard-core a.net member.


David



Keeping calm is terrorism against those who want to live in fear.
User currently onlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6075 posts, RR: 29
Reply 24, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2648 times:
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Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 21):
One for the Airbus faction, one for the Boeing one

and one for the McDonnell Douglas fans.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 22):
peckering along

That is what you do in the toilet after you buy a Penthouse at the airport newsstand.  



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25 FlyboyOz : Haha..that's the best story I've ever seen! Wondering who he is.... Well...it may sound weird...we have no right to spy or peek on other people's scr
26 flymia : While I was studying abroad in Barcelona I went on Anet one morning in one of the computers in the schools lobbies. The program was fairly small, mayb
27 jetblueguy22 : I've actually seen it a few times at my University. We have a bunch of aviation students so it is pretty common to see Airliners up during class. I ha
28 Post contains images tugger : Well that and the fact that you are a Mod, psssht, I mean that's pretty dangerous to admit in public "live".... (Banned?!? But I was just jok...
29 Post contains images jetblueguy22 : Well after that I'm watching you Tugger . Blue
30 Post contains images tugger : OK, but just don't watch my screen while I'm on a flight, someone up the thread apparently disagrees with my "other" viewing pastime.... Wait, what d
31 planeguy727 : How about a button that says, "When will Delta retire the DC-9s?" Back to topic - I might be inclined to ask in a vague manner if that is airliners.n
32 YVRLTN : Certainly, even if I dont agree with some peoples opinions in non-av, I would always welcome chatting to any fellow aviation enthusiast. Im not into
33 Post contains images Newark727 : I endorse this idea. Anyway, eh, unless they were looking at one of my photos I probably wouldn't take all that much of an interest. I don't want the
34 Post contains images tugger : I think if you see someone in public on A.net you should stand up walk towards them, point, and make a weird screeching sound: But honestly to me I th
35 Post contains images type-rated :
36 HoMsaR : No, that will be the secret password.
37 Post contains images TSS : Nor would it bother me. I figure if I'm on a computer in a public place, then it is human nature for people passing by and sitting next to me to glan
38 Post contains images DocLightning : WASN'T ME!!! I SWEAR!!! Haah! You prolly wouldn't know what to do with it! This is the crux of the issue. If you are using a computer (or phone) in a
39 Post contains images KiwiRob : you know what I mean You were the first member I thought of Doc!!! Then I figured what were you doing flying between Oslo and Copenhagen, so it proba
40 Post contains images flyingturtle : I want a Breguet Deux-Ponts pin when I fly on a 380. Doc, are you homesick? David
41 Charles79 : Never underestimate the nerdy looking ones, you! Thankfully most people are blissfully unaware of the fact that when they are in public other people
42 falstaff : It should say "When will NW retire the DC-9?" and then scratch out NW and write DL above it. There could be a lot of members who watched gay porn on
43 FlyboyOz : yeah... ask KiwiRob to give us more detail...and what does he looks like? lol
44 Post contains images Revelation : Pretty "curious" statement to be making there, falstaff!
45 MrChips : We're all internet people; the correct answer is "sit and stare creepily at said person".
46 AeroWesty : Funny you should put it that way. While I was reading this thread my initial reaction was that I'd just say nothing. There are way too many people ou
47 DocLightning : But why me? I'm pure *koff*, sweet *HACK!* and innoc...*HARRRGH!* (Sorry, I couldn't quite get that sentence out)
48 Post contains images TheSultanOfWing : Well said! In fact it would be quite easy to rapidly observe whether the person is actually typing something or just browsing........perhaps as a non
49 Superfly : Strange, that is not my quote. Agreed. I remember back when I was in college shortly after Al Gore invented the Internet, I was using the computer la
50 KiwiRob : Tallish, fit looking, very short hair and gay.
51 Post contains images flyingturtle : Amazing.......... Remembers me of a colleague at work... but she used the much-bigger-than-size-72 font to write stuff like: "This damned university
52 Post contains links BNE : Interesting topic; if I definitely saw airliners.net on the screen I would probably go over and have a chat to them. Your thread actually reminded me
53 HAWK21M : I would def ask the person if they are using Anet,what forum and depending on the response go further.
54 TheSultanOfWing : Thank you! Since most of us on here are travelers (or at least no strangers to airports) the question kind of intrigued me. What I get from most of y
55 FlyboyOz : When I was walking around at the computer room at the library yesterday, I can see they are checking on facebook, playing online games, chatting with
56 planeguy727 : So this just happened at the ORD United Club (F4) - the new one. Saw a guy on here as I was leaving to go to my gate. Sorry I didn't say hi if that wa
57 KiwiRob : I hope not, the cabin of an aeroplane really isn't a suitable environment for watching hardcore porn, I was surprised.
58 TheSultanOfWing : Apparently he doesn't want to be identified.......or he's not a member......OR he hasn't seen this thread. I'm travelling soon, and I will have my ey
59 RussianJet : If you see a stranger is a member of a.net, Humphreys his arm, present him with a snowglobe, ask him about the risk of getting kids and challenge him
60 Post contains images tugger : Just wear a snowglobe pin (tie or lapel) - then only most select, nuanced, and best of A.net will know that you belong.... to the "Epic Troll Thread"
61 stasisLAX : Why am I not surprised?? (Not saying that I wouldn't have done the same thing, mind you.....)
62 RussianJet : I should of course point out that this should be 'hump his arm' - damn predictive text!
63 chepos : I would be careful, there are some members on here I would rather not meet and there are others that seem very pleasant and nice. Most prob I would ju
64 Post contains images 9MMPQ : Exactly, you never know who might offer you a snowglobe next
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