After reading India Mike's post, (on unsolicited email & such other things)the question: IS IT OK TO USE YOUR REAL NAME ON THIS SITE haunts me. I find that most of the IM ers have not revealed their identity. Any particular reason
i never reveal my real full name anywhere on the internet, unless i have to. Its not anything to do with indiamike.com., but, the fact that powerful serach engines are capable of mining data from almost any website on the www.
>> After reading India Mike's post, (on unsolicited email & such other things)the question: IS IT OK TO USE YOUR REAL NAME ON THIS SITE haunts me. I find that most of the IM ers have not revealed their identity. Any particular reason? <<
The usual safety precautions prevail... there's some happy medium between totally revealing oneself in public or in private, and most of us have found our preferred methods for doing this.
There are certainly a lot of crazies "out there on the Internet" and I'm not anxious for them to find me; but my friends all have alternate ways of contacting me, as should yours.
I always use my real name in internet, probably because I have a lack of imagination and of course it never crossed my mind that nobody can make any bad use of it. And in such a case I'm too old to worry about it.
No rules against it but personally I don't think it is a good idea to put full name or e-mail address in public view anywhere on the internet for the reasons crvlvr mentions and just for privacy reasons.
There is also no rule against using bold type and colours in posts either, but I don't see any need for it in this instance. Perhaps you were unaware of it, but even using all capital letters in a post or title is the internet equivalent of SHOUTING and is considered rude and generally frowned upon unless warranted for some particular reason.
AND BOLD UNDERLINED AND IN HUGE RED UPPER CASE IS SIMPLY THOUGHTLESS
I was going to edit the text in the opening post but then saw -m2- had left it. We haven't needed rules on text since 2001 when the site began, and the occasional variety is good, but I think skell made a good point about how it is just unnecessary and inconvenient having this sort of text on the display.