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Thank you Sean. Please understand when I say I'm just not comfortable in doing that right now. I'm really new to the board, but mainly it's because of the amount of
spam email I'm getting since I posted here. Not from other posters, but offers of consolidation, fast money, another credit card (yeah, boy, that's just what I need).
Also, messages like "living beyond your means" which sounded extremely smug to me-I'm not quite ready to open myself up to that type of attitude. I've made a lot
of stupid mistakes, but I don't need anyone pointing them out to me-I'm trying to be positive and move forward. I can't go back and fix them, I can only learn from

Susan, I know Sean would agree that it is perfectly fine to limit the information you share with the board if that's what's comfortable for you. Financial information is sensitive, personal information. Personally, I choose to be here anonymously because otherwise I would be too worried about people I know in the outside world over-hearing my information or some of my thoughts and feelings about money and finances. Even with the pseudonym, there are areas I choose not to get into.

As for the smug posts, I think we all agree that unsupportive, hurtful posts are not constructive. I believe they are usually unintentional, and they are the exception rather than the rule. Still though, I am sorry a recent unsupportive post made you feel less like sharing.

I am also interested in what you said about the spam. I have not received any of the spam others have mentioned. I use a special email account for Fool material, and I haven't received anything in there other than official messages from TMF or personal replies to my posts from other fools. Have alot of you experienced this? I wonder if it's something that starts all at once and then escalates as your email address gets passed around.
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