I think that a forum may be a great tool for vetting an individual(s) prior to committing to a face to face meeting. I started thinking about this today after reading fortunateson's thread: http://www.survivalmonkey.com/forum...velop-vetting-process-face-face-meetings.html There are various online outlets for finding members for your group. Message boards, Craigslist, email, etc.. We all know that we need to sleep sometime and we need people to allow us to do that while also having the manpower for retreat defense and other chores. Here's my thought: If someone contacts you and shows interest in joining up with you in a SHTF situation, have them register here at Survivalmonkey and tell them that they need to log in every day and make 10 posts a day for 30 days. After that, you will make further contact to share more information or not. There is a LOT to be learned from watching someone post in various threads and the comments they make and the sides of discussion they gravitate towards. Do they only follow firearms and ammo threads or are they more interested in Humor and Jokes or Gardening and seed saving? There are lot's of folks who profile us by our web usage tendencies - you can also use the same techniques to decide if you want to meet further with a prospect. I think it's ideal. I bet you can name some members on this forum right now that you'd want to be aligned with in a retreat situation. I bet you can also name a few that you wouldn't want around at all based on their posts here. Anyone else think there may be merit in this?