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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 07:14 pm (UTC)
Saturday July 5, 2003
4:14:44 PM PDT

web mostly doesn't tell anyone anything they couldn't have found before the web. it's just more convenient when it's accurate, which it sometimes isn't. identity theft/fraud's not enabled by the web, just made easier

s****** - how do you know it wasn't a decoy? don't be too free about throwing around -your- info either, regardless of what someone -may- have put online

if ya wanna know perhaps too much, check
- electronic frontier foundation at http://www.eff.org/
- counterpane, a computer/net security firm which does a -lot- of public tutorials/articles at http://www.counterpane.com/

welcome to the web. bring some caution along with your freedom