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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 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Saturday July 5, 2003
11:29:38 AM PDT


Sex, Lies, and Information Security.

Sorry, do NOT let anyone get on your case about being paranoid. Quite frankly the net has become TOO prolific TOO fast and information about ANYONE can be found on it. We've come to think that a pseudonym will protect our identities while we scatter more information in different places.

Unlike S*****, i INTENTIONALLY track people down on the net. In the last year I have only failed to find one person I have been looking for via the internet. And I mean i track them to physical locations.

In one case, a very close friend of mine met someone via the net and rather foolishly invited him to stay with her. He stayed for a day and half, used her computer and then vanished. I tracked who he'd been chatting with and where he'd gone and had HER call and warn the next gal he was going to go see. My point? If you think you can't be found, chances are you're wrong.

When it comes to meeting people . . . common sense rules apply . . .take a friend, public place, etc.

My 2¢