Solved Question about using Facebook

April 4, 2020 at 16:48:30
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I wanted to ask a question of someone at a nearby school.
Their website apparently is based in Facebook. The only
practical way to contact them appeared to be through the
"contact us" thingy on the website. I had to register to put
a message there. So I registered. Apparently I registered
with Facebook, not with the school. I was able to post my
question to them, but if they reply, there might not be any
way for me to see it, because Facebook won't let me log
in without giving them my "mobile number". I wouldn't give
Facebook my "mobile number" even if I had one. I wouldn't
have given them my email address either if I had realized it
was going to anyone not at the school.

Any suggestions for anything I can do?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
April 4, 2020 at 17:21:50
There is an increasing tendency for various organisation, institutions etc. to resort to Facebook as their point of contact; and apparently offer no other path. Google is another...

I don’t use Facebook, Linked in etc. as they demand or expect too much personal information as a precursor to creating an account and thus login details.

And their security has left much to be desired in the past, enuff to disincline me to use them.

The less i formation I can post out in web based system, and even non web based, the better.

Times there are when the Jack Reacher approach has a lot to commend it.

Sorry but I have no solution to your question. Should you get one I’ll be interested to know it.


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#2
April 4, 2020 at 19:53:39
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Do they have a telephone?? Maybe call them??

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#3
April 5, 2020 at 07:33:32
It is a very small school, and my question for them is
important to me, but not to them, and it requires showing
them a photograph (I attached it to my message) and I
don't know anyone there, so I'm hesitant to call them when
school is in session, and probably can't reach anyone when
it is not in session, and who knows where anyone is now
with the schools closed due to the planetary pandemic?

But if I don't get a reply through the Internet somehow, I'll
give them a phone call and hopefully leave a message on
their "machine". Maybe I'll call at 3AM to make sure it goes
to a machine.

Somebody called the nonprofit org that I was the contact
person for. They were calling long distance. (Back when
that was a thing.) At 3 AM. They expected an answering
machine in the organization's office. We didn't have an
office. (At that time. For a while we did...) It was my home
phone. The caller didn't expect a human to answer, and
was a bit confused when I cheerfully answered right away.
I had to convince him I was live, not Memorex. 3 AM is as
usual as any other time for me. I was always telling people
to call any time, but that was the only call I actually got in
the middle of the night.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
April 5, 2020 at 08:55:01
Of course 3.00am in your area, time zone won't be 3.00am elsewhere... So they might surprised if you did answer, or equally if you didn't answer...?

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#5
April 6, 2020 at 01:07:15
I was in Minneapolis, the caller was in Missouri.
Same time zone. We talked for about 15 minutes,
but I'm not sure any action resulted from it.

The Facebook page asking for my phone number said they
would send me a verification code in a text. I'm gonna do a
search right now to find out if there is an alternate way to
receive a text without a mobile phone, but that shouldn't
stop you from explaining here how it can be done.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#6
May 11, 2020 at 01:01:19
UPDATE

I did call in the middle of the night and left a message on
their answering machine, referencing both the email I sent
and the Facebook message I left. They got back to me by
email a day or two with an answer to my question.

Cutely, the answering machine message was entirely in
Japanese. I didn't understand a word. But I understood
the beep at the end. And the reply to my email was entirely
in English.

So the bottom line is that I sidestepped Facebook.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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