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06 July 2003 @ 07:58 pm
Creepy Weirdness, part 2  
Whatever happened to basic politeness?? Socially acceptable behavior?

Wow - I've discovered that in this digital day and age basic politeness has gone *completely* out the the window. Apparently it's normal operating procedure to hunt people down and gather as much information as possible based on a mere interest. To spend hours doing this sort of thing. To follow not a single link that might indicate a bit of intrigue, but to follow dozens, amassing as much data as possible. After exchanging on the order of 15 words with the person in question.

Even scarier is that it seems a bunch of people see no problem with this approach...

*sigh*

Perhaps I was raised in a more genteel and enlightened manner. This isn't how it works in my world.

(see comments for thread (and replies) started by the person who behaved in this manner)

-the redhead-
...thinking the full background check idea might be acceptable after all...
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-the redhead-theredhead on July 6th, 2003 07:06 pm (UTC)
Ssn*******
Saturday July 5, 2003
10:56:02 AM PDT


S*******:

Generally not a good move, bud. It's a paranoid world out there, and YES, you can, in fact find all sorts of juicy information about people based on the simple things like their usernames, phone numbers, etc...

Nobody likes to be reminded of this, and when you send an email full of personal information to someone who doesn't know you from Adam, chances are they're gonna spook, and spook hard.

I take the following approach when I find out information about a relative stranger that they probably didn't mean for me to have: I get to know the person, and then when they've interacted with me in person long enough to develop some trust in me, I show them the information, and how to get to it, in person, on their own computer.

If you're really out to help folks, and not just get a cheap thrill by scaring them, that's a good way to go about it.

- C***