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    Re: Online anonymity, real names, and NavList posts
    From: Michael Dorl
    Date: 2010 Jan 05, 07:31 -0600

    douglas.denny@btopenworld.com wrote:
    > When I am talking to someone I only consider it common courtesy to
    > give them my name so they can refer to me by my name. I consider it
    > natural and normal that they should give me their name too so I might
    > call them by their name. This is called conversation.
    > ------------
    > I agree with George.
    > Why the obsessive secrecy amounting to near paranoia with what is
    > after all just a talking shop of like-minded people?
    > If people don't want to give their name for whatever reason; simple: -
    > don't post. Don't get involved.
    > There should be no need for secrecy in such a basic communications
    > exchange of interested chums talking together about a subject they enjoy.
    > Douglas Denny.
    > Chichester. England.
    This is my first reaction BUT yesterday I had an experience that was
    somewhat disconcerting.  A very casual acquaintance sent my wife an
    invite to join facebook.  Now my wife has not joined facebook or any
    other social site,  She does do some online shopping and travel
    purchases and maintains email contacts with friends and acquaintances.
    Anyway, the scary part was that the invitation came with a list of
    people she knew (and had corresponded with NOT using facebook) who had
    facebook accounts.  Now the question is, how did facebook link my wife's
    email to these people?   My wife's first reaction was that facebook had
    some how looked through her address book but I suspect there is a great
    deal of sharing of information between these social sites, yahoo,
    google, etc. and that facebook had used information from a multitude of
    sources to make the link up.
    Now, you can argue that no harm was done but this experience illustrates
    that the extent that these people will go to pry into our lives and
    undermines any trust we might have in them.
    IMHO, this is not a black and white question.  It depends on the
    context. For example, I've read this list for some years and that
    experience gives me some confidence that my email address will not be
    abused and that I will be afforded a modicum of courtesy.  But if I
    visit some other list or site that I know nothing about, I'm apt to
    supply a trash email I use for that purpose. Later as I gain more
    confidence, I might divulge more information about myself.
    If some site wants your email or identity or information about you, make
    sure you know what they will do it with it b4 you hand it over.
    It might also be that you folks in Europe enjoy more legal protection
    against sharing of information; don't assume that applies when you visit
    sites around the world.
    Mike Dorl

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