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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...
Ysysabel on July 6th, 2003 09:28 pm (UTC)
I understand being worried that the person you're speaking with isn't what they seem. I even understand investigating someone who you're interacting with a lot, especially if you're considering meeting them RL. (I've done that myself, and at least once found things that weren't problematic per se, but that violated the person's anonymity, and made him very uncomfortable even though we'd been talking extensively for at least a month.)

I don't understand going to this length when you've hardly talked to the person. I agree with you that that seems just rude and invasive and very stalkerish. He claims that it was just a simple web search, but finding unlinked pictures directories isn't just a simple web search...