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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...


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...
-the redhead-theredhead on July 6th, 2003 07:10 pm (UTC)
Saturday July 5, 2003
11:36:40 AM PDT


I have sort of mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, you don't want to have the person think you're a cyber stalker. But on the other hand, she should probably be aware of how easy it is to find information about someone online, if she doesn't already know. I did have someone from PMM Google me after I sent her a message with an e-mail address containing my last name. She said she hoped I didn't mind, and I didn't, but then again, I don't have any illusions about the privacy of screen names. I would never post a phone number or home address, but I know this info is pretty easy to find with a full name, especially if you own any domains.

I'd just say be careful not to freak her out. She might not be aware of how much she has out there and how easy it is to find.