Beethoven's Hair wrote:to play devil's advocate- there are b & j sighting threads on this site- in theory how is that different from gawkerstalker?
Ooops sorry I missed this and didn't reply sooner. I don't know that its different per se, but it is, at least I consider it to be more respectful and we encourage people to not reveal too much information location wise.
I went back through both the threads in question, and in Bret's I noted two points. One was that most of the sightings had been at small live performances in locations that had been advertised to the public in some way. The IWUO performing in a cafe, Bret and Age appearing for the same group at the library. Public perfomances. So someone attending and then reporting on a 'Bret sighting' I feel is perfectly within reason. Its not like that person had followed him home to see where he lived or any such thing. Nor did they approach him after the performance IIRC.
Other sightings have always been well past the event and have never given exact location details (ie the street address of where they were seen).
In the Jemaine thread again similar. Either well past the event or a non specific wording like 'wheeling his bike round town'.
I don't think anyone has ever posted an exact location and then pinned a map to show people where. Let alone me ever posting such a thing on the most read page of the entire website, the main news page.
And fwiw, I generally get the feeling that unlike in the US where someone is more likely to stop you when on your own personal time, ask for a pic or autograph or email in a sighting to a site, back home in Welly the locals tend to leave the guys alone and they go about their lives as normal.
I am sure more people back home recognise them now, but I've mostly had emails from people saying they saw them, not they approached them at the bustop/in a cafe etc to ask them for pics and stuff. I have had one email giving me an exact location, date and time etc and I've never published that or told anyone of its contents. As the guys have become more popular they have of course gained more attention when off camera, and I hope it does not become a problem for them. I like to think back in Welly its more low key.
Anyone posting a 'sighting' here is welcome if they stick within our guidelines for doing so. I do not encourage people to submit location details with map pointers or any such thing. Jemaine himself has suggested to Becks she say hi when she next sees him round town. And she has still to pluck up the nerve
Looking at the link Indy posted, while I think it is serious in its intent, its meant lightheartedly. And also there is a sign up process, group to join before you even get to location details. Most people I doubt will bother. I didn't.
If anyone has any more concerns about these sightings threads they can raise them with me, but as no one has as yet, I am happy to let them stand.