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1. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 11y

I'm no longer a travel guru!
I haven't been here for a long while. How are you all? It seems that TP is getting bigger. And I read that there had been hard arguments in the forum. How many members are there now?


2. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Hi Z

Sorry I'm not Sam,Pete, or Katie ...

The travel guru count changed from 100 in December 2004. There's a thread in System Talk entitled "Member Titles" that tells more about it.

Welcome back.


3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5952 posts) 11y

Hey Zags,

Good to see you :) Yeah, as Wocca said, we kind of toughened the criteria to become a Travel Guru. Mind you, you're really not that far off being a Travel Guru by those criteria either! Member count passed 30,000 last month. No real hard arguments, just some 'differences of opinion' ;)

How are things with you anyway? Have you been following this Schapelle Corby case at all? I feel quite sorry for her; she seems innocent to me, but I guess it's very hard to tell

Cheers, Peter

4. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 11y

Wocca, thanks for the link and for welcoming me back! You are very welcome in this thread of course. I put the 3 names in the title because they're the persons I 'know' in TP before I 'disappeared' for a while.

Hey Pete, I'm good. I've read the thread about the criteria change. Actually it's OK for me... I might not be qualified (yet) as a Travel Guru, as I've only been to a few places. Do you also watch for travel questions in private messages? Does helping people with travel tips through PMs also contribute to the criteria?

BTW I'm not really following the Schapelle Corby case. I guess it's been in the headlines in Australia, but not here. But of course I've heard about it from our news station who then made a live call to Channel 7. Well she might be innocent, but you're right it's very hard to tell...


5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5952 posts) 11y

No, we're not counting PMs at the moment. Well, actually, it would be pretty hard, because we have no idea what people are writing to each other, so don't know if it's useful or not :)

The Chappelle Corby case has been all over the news here recently. Yesterday, a man from jail in Melbourne testified saying he had 'heard' people talk about planting the drugs.. all very interesting, but he didn't bother giving any names, so it's very hard to know.

I guess the latest round of earthquakes is enough to keep the news crews there busy (and it's far bigger news really). Are all your family and friends ok?

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Welcome 'back' zags! Good to see you around again. I was in Bali last year for about a month and have to say I really love your country and very friendly people I met (although I realize Bali doesn't typify the rest of Indonesia very well!)...

Terrible news about this latest earthquake. I hope your family and friends are all ok!

7. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 11y

Well I asked because as a Travel Helper I received PMs asking for travel tips.

Thanks for asking, Pete. My family and friends are OK, but my uncle lost some of his family (mother, brother, niece,...) in the tsunami. They also survived the last big earthquake.

BTW how is Sam doing? He went to Indonesia last year, didn't he? Which part?

8. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 11y

Hey Sam!
I submitted my previous post before I saw your post. How are you doing? Glad to hear you love Bali. Did you go there for a honeymoon? I hope you can see more of Indonesia one day.


9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

It wasn't a honeymoon, my wife was teaching there for one month. It actually looks like the company she works for will get the assignment again but I don't know if she will be going, fingers crossed on that one!!!

10. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 11y

Sounds great!
and... Sam/Peter, thanks for featuring my newly-uploaded photos! Hopefully I can make more and better photos.

btw have you seen Katie?