Don't want to create a ruckus here, but I'd really curious about getting other opinions on this, especially from women hikers.
There are several on-going threads at the moment where people post the names, dates, and whereabouts of various 2009 thru-hikers they've encountered.
I understand that if someone has an on-line diary or journal that tells the world pretty much where they are and what they're up to, well that's one thing. But am I the only one out here that thinks people should ASK hikers first before publicly posting their exact whereabouts, itinerary, destinations, etc.?
At the very least, I think folks should use some care with posting information about women hikers, especially solo women hikers. I have personally known women hikers who had "admirers" meet up with them in some pretty unusual and isolated locations, and they did NOT appreciate this attention, especially from folks they'd never heard of, and in several cases, were totally weirded out by it.
I simply don't think it's a particularly good idea to give too much information about where people are on the Trail, unless they OK your doing so. After all, if a poster says they encountered Susie So-and-So at XYZ road crossing at noon on August the first, it's not too tough to figure out where she'll likely be at day's end or the next morning.
In short, I think a little prudence and common sense is in order here.