This is a statement of Hobo values, whereby we can recognize the self-evident right for people to be accepted as they are, without worry of insult, or attack.
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Privacy: We do not collect information on members to sell to advertisers. i.e. birth dates, home addresses, passport photos, identity cards.
"Do NOT put information on the site you want private."
- The information on the site is public information.
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Insults - We require you to have respect, no insulting of members, or of Hobos.
Membership is free.
You pay $25 dollars for the continual purging of fake memberships.
- Disobey the guidelines, and you can be deleted.
Profile Photos - We require all members to have a great, easy to recognize profile photo. So when members meet they can easily identify each other. If you refuse, we will delete your membership.
Meeting members, you are required to show identification, and prove you are honestly representing yourself.
Political statements are problems. If said as a lady or gentleman with good manners, then fine. If said as if to school members, then please beware. You can be deleted without warning or recourse.
The guidelines are for a community of adults, individually accepted. It makes life possible and safe for all of us. It is up to our own consciences to live this creed, but we know that doing so helps ourselves, our fellow travelers and other honest citizens of the world.
The Hobo Way of Life
We want Hobos to share links, share email addresses, share any way they wish to communicate. We want Hobos to help other travelers. We want Hobos to freely explain how they earn money and where they work. We want friendship.
The "Talk Wall" and "Private Messages" are for travelers to freely share recommendations, advice, and information without any financial benefit. And if they do receive benefit, the conversation always starts with "I make money, commission, get a free room, free this, if I recommend X." When a person talks too sweet, too nice, never a negative word, this is the sign of a "Weaving Spider."
We will never purposely and willfully give information to another person that could cost them money or bring them harm. We know there will come a time when my safety could depend on the advice of a fellow member.
We accept that it is my responsibility to help other members when called upon. This is an obligation we accept, knowing that we can depend on other members to help us in our time of need.
Added October 25, 2018. Statements of Opinion, often like a political opinion will be closed, not deleted, but too many harsh, mean spirited words, rants can be deleted. Do NOT reply to these opinions if you desire them to stop, let them die for lack of attention, indifference. There is a link to report abuse.
Added August 22, 2018 - NAMES OF MEMBERS Comments using the name of other members is not allowed. If cynical, sarcastic or direct attack, a member can get deleted instantly. Happy comments about other members are allowed. If in question, we delete the comment, or delete the member. (Taken, modified from Roberts Rules of Order.)
Added July 26, 2018 - COPY AND PASTE ADVERTISING. Repeating content. Two problems. Some people will copy and paste private messages, or repeat advertisements on the Hobo Talk wall. Members will be banned as we see fit, we want people to talk about their work, we don't want them to advertise their work.
Added August 3, 2018 NO GAMING OF HOBO WEBSITE, to play game with the truth, for example, put up a profile photo with a hat and glasses.
Added July 18, 2018 - NO SCHOOLING, TEACHING OTHER MEMBERS Do Not School Other Hobo Members. Click here to read about Schooling someone. If the person feels like you are instructing him or her how to live, this is not allowed, we can only talk about our experiences, not the experience or motives of others.
Added July 17, 2016 DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS
We do not talk with strangers, we are always in the process of becoming friends. The reason we are talking with strangers is for the goal of becoming friends. When a person demands to be anonymous, we walk away. People who have no desire to be friends with members will be deleted, without warning.
Added July 17, 2016 SELF-EVIDENT RESPECT DESERVED
We believe these guidelines to be self-evident of members of respect, and honor, and that members in good standing will treat others with respect regardless of their differences.
We have chosen the life of a traveler, a lifestyle discouraged by family and employers. We will not fight their opinions, as they have the right to live their lives as they wish, and so do we.
We accept that when called upon, we must freely share our names, profession and real travel experience, including length of traveling time, number of countries and locations we have visited. This allows other membersto gauge the value of our opinions and make sound judgments for their travels.
We accept that money spent is an essential question. We agree to freely explain how we used money at a particular location, aware that without this information we appear untrustworthy.
We accept that there are no secrets between members. We know that secrets are a sign of dangerous companions, who are not to be trusted.
We will respect other members, no matter how long they have traveled, whether one day or 10 years; we are all equal and deserve respect, knowing that the rules of travel are never immutable. We accept that actual knowledge of a city, country or culture is of more value than long-term travel experience to one who has not yet visited the travel destination. People who have visited a location are acknowledged to know more than those who have not.
We openly start opinions with “I have visited that location” or “I have never been there,” never pretending to actual knowledge of a travel destination until we have been there. I know that misinformation is expensive and could be dangerous to my fellow members.
We will never talk or write about a travel destination as if weI have gone to the place when we have not; we do not pretend to be knowledgeable about locations we have not personally visited. And we are fully aware that information from anecdotes, books, movies, websites and documentaries does not replace real travel experience. We are aware that opinions derived in this manner may cost fellow members money and endanger them.
We will leave outside concerns and business deals outside. Resisting this temptation creates trust among members without personal gain, or profit.
Talk Wall for Members of HoboTraveler.com
Added July 17, 2016 NAME CALLING, LABELS
I will not call people names, there is zero tolerance of abuse, we will be weighed on our intentions.
Added July 18, 2016
People receive stars for starting down a new path, starting a new discussion, and opening doors. The person that starts a comment is the leader, a person that follows up with a comment should have respect for the person, it is not acceptable to harass, belittle, denigrate, or call names. Someone who continually makes replies, but never starts a new topic is observed by savvy members.
Added July 23, 2016 ADS ON PRIVATE MESSAGES
Asking people on the "Talk Wall" to private message you,so you can give them links is what a "weaving spider does." Links can be very dangerous to members, so best to put them on the "Talk Wall," so others can say, good or bad, and they stand the test of time.
Added July 23, 2016 NO COMMISSION LINKS TO AFFILIATE SITES
No commission links are allowed on "Talk Wall," or by private messages.
Added July 23, 2016 NO REDIRECT LINKS
Links that redirect are not permitted under any conditions, never.
– First written May 13, 2013
Andy Lee Graham founder of HoboTraveler.com
TRAVEL COMMUNITY GUIDELINES
"We do not allow anonymous comments on the Hobo Travel Community."
Respect, honesty and transparency: let us talk to each other as if we are sharing Thanksgiving dinner together.
Do not talk to strangers! We are in the process of becoming friends.
This online community allows members to meet, talk, discuss, ask questions then arrange to meet in real life. We take this seriously, and want members to meet safely, with confidence. These community guidelines are for your protection.
Words we frown on usage, please go slow when using them.
- You have no right
- Stupid, dumb, idiot, etc.
- Shout you down
- Conspiracy theory
PLEASE - Write Andy Lee Graham, with words you believe should be added to this list: Click Here for Contact Form
BROKEN WINDOWS THEORY
- A bad comment can grow fast, and go nowhere good.
When a window is already broken, when a human is already broken, people feel the right to throw more stones at the broken window, and break it more. As for humans, we feel compelled to break the person more. We can only tell how we fixed our own broken window, and that applies. If EVERYONE starts piling on, we delete the start of the comments.
This is the "remainderman principle," if we avoid the negatives, what remains is paradise.
The Hobo Way.
We remember our dreams
We sign our full name to the life we live.
Life is good.
Life is an Experiment
Rich in Time
Rich in friends
Rich, able to listen to people.
Design our lives.
Passion for life
Believe in love.
Family is great.
A life less normal
A life with no regrets
Best version of ourselves.
We listen to other opinions, but make our own
Believing the truth is most important.
We are not anonymous.
We do not hide who we are.
We believe in equal rights
We help others achieve their dreams.
People have the right to be different.
We accept others, do not force beliefs on others.
Humility, we are teachable.
We do not know it all.
Justice for all people.
Improve the world - we want to make the world a better place.
Everyone has opinions of value
We are not trendy, fashionable.
We are proud of our actions, not ashamed.
We obey the laws of countries,
We have respect for others, do not call people names..
We are proud of our family, children, name.
We do not insult our own country.
We are not wanted by law.
We are not unwanted by fellow men.
We are not hermits.
We give other people respect.
Link to this page: https://www.hobotraveler.com/real-travelers/the-traveler-s-creed.php