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You could just as easily compare it to being mugged or wire-tapped.

Well, there could be the fear of a rapist tracking you down.

It is best to have a rule that you don't post anything on the Internet that you don't want the whole entire world to know.

In practice, that advice is possibly difficult to follow for most, to keep in mind constantly that we are not at a closed party.

I have a very unusual name and one day got an e-mail from some complete stranger with the same name.

Heh, maybe a guy I found with Google with the same name as one of my grand-grand-grandfathers didn't answer my email for similar reasons...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:27:58 PM EST
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~ Yes.

~ I think that since the whole Patriot Act, I've become so paranoid about gov't spying that it's pretty easy for me, actually.  Then again, the list of things I don't want people to know about me is pretty short.

~ I think people just distrust personal e-mails from stangers.

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:36:01 PM EST
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Government spying, I get you. For me, that came in the late nineties with the Echelon furore, then after 9/11 for a time I had a .sig filled with terms meant for the NSA (Bin Laden Bush bomb rocket white house anthrax jihad etc.). But I'd fear for the privacy of different information with regards to governments and potential stalkers.

About the last; my Google hit was a post of his at some genealogy forum a few years earlier than my email...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:48:50 PM EST
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