Hi Missy and thanks for your input regarding a private board. I'm grateful that the members who were no longer posting, shared with me that it was a privacy concern. I would have never known, otherwise. So, I appreciate your sharing this in this thread where we need to hear from all of the members.
There are other ways, of course to keep information private and over the years, I have shared/offered this information on the board. I've been online probably half of my life and the first thing I learned was the Internet was the world-at-our-fingertips and just as we wouldn't give out our personal information to a stranger in the street, the same should apply when online. Especially if there are those who have privacy concerns.
Using a separate email address when registering for any account on the Internet would prevent someone from finding us, should they Google our email address. It should be different from the one we give out to our family and friends and this would ensure a certain amount of privacy. Not using our full birth name, would be another way to prevent someone from tracking our every move online. These are just a couple of ways to ensure our privacy.
I have a business website but it is only for use by my clients and it is password protected. I have had a blog for many years and it, too is set on private. It's all a matter of personal preference and the reason we need to hear from everyone regarding the desire to have one private board aside from the public board.
Thanks again, Missy!