At one time there was a map showing user locations around the world, it doesn’t appear to be supported/updated anymore though. Feel free to add your location to the map linked above, doing so offers another level of support and collaboration with other nearby Glowforge owners.
There are location based layers, so add your location marker to the appropriate layer.
It’s built off of the original map, because I’m familiar with it and recognize many of the locations of the people who have already added to it (first 5 years). And they have added our user icons in some instances, so it’s obviously someone who knows the active users. (I didn’t link an icon there, someone else did.)
On the other hand, you’ve got some great instincts, because normally I would be concerned about it as well. The first thing I did was check my location, and it was exactly where I placed it in the first map.
(General location, not precisely on my house. Deliberately.)
I think it’s safe enough if you want to add your location. It was a lot of fun the first go-round.
@WinkleBerryArtsLLC, why do you want this user location info? What is your real name? Where are you located?
For purposes of discovering other local Glowforge users for social reasons, I think some other format might be less threatening. Knowing people’s general metro area (e.g., in a spreadsheet or wiki post) is adequate for that. Publishing exact locations of people who own a Glowforge seems like a resource with a lot of potential for abuse. I’m sure that is dissuading many people from participating in the original map.
@evermorian This is clearly not your real name either. I am located in the Midwest area. I don’t care if people add their locations or not, I am simply continuing the old map that had been previously created. Also, people don’t have to put their exact locations.
The person who created that map several years ago did it to promote their personal promotion code, which gives them credit with GF. Google no longer supports the service although they never took it down. Please stop trying to promote it as something officially created or sponsored by GlowForge.