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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 07:18 pm (UTC)
Sunday July 6, 2003
0:05:39 AM PDT

Thank you all for your responses.

I think that perhaps this is a situation where telling is not necessarily the 'right' thing, but it was rather the 'good' thing.

I do hope that if she was spooked, that she will get over it sooner or later. From what I've learned about her, she's simply too cool a person to let this faze her for long. (Or so I certainly hope!)

When it comes right down to it, someone with sinister intentions or even ulterior motives would not have announced to her what he knew, but rather would have used it to acheive his ends.

As for sharing my personal info with her, I feel I have gotten enough of a sense of her that she will be honorable toward me. (Though if she did, in fact, send me mail or phone me, I'd be very flattered).

I am convinced now that I could have done no different. Not that I'm certain there wasn't a better way, but this was quintessentially *my* way. It reflects my character of complete candor.