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Dave1982 08-07-2012 02:13 AM

Post personal information at your own risk!
 
The mods have noticed a bit of a trend lately - mostly among newer members - where someone will post information revealing where they work, usually by outright stating something like "I work at Wal-Mart."

While there is no rule here on the forum against doing that, we can't stress enough that it is not a good idea to reveal such information. For better or for worse, more and more companies are searching the web for instances of employees doing or saying anything that can be construed as libeling, besmirching, or reflecting badly on the company (and if anyone wishes to discuss that practice, please do so on Fratching!)

There have in fact been incidents right here on CS where employers have done exactly that and the mods have had to remove threads or even hide entire accounts to safeguard the members in question.

So please, be very careful to limit the information you reveal here. While we are willing to help by deleting/editing/hiding threads and posts as necessary, it is FAR easier and less stressful for everyone if a little common sense is exercised when it comes to these things.

Ultimately, if anyone does decide to reveal where they work or any other identifying information, they do so at their own risk! Customerssuck.com is NOT responsible for the consequences.

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Quoth Site Rules
Whether or not to share personal information such as your email address, your AIM, your ICQ, your name, your city, your picture, etc., is YOUR decision and YOUR responsibility, so please be careful. We cannot be held accountable for any problems that result from your giving out this information. For instance if you post you picture understand that someone may recognize you. (Due to the nature of this site, we recommend that you give out as little as possible.)

EDIT (12/9/12): Adding to the above....we have seen a few posts recently where one member has directly asked another where they work. "Do you work at Wal-Mart in [Specific Town]?"

This hasn't happened enough that I'd call it a trend, but I want to nip this in the bud.

Do NOT make these inquiries on the open forums. That will only provide a keyword that someone at that company's home office can search for and find.

It's also specifically against the Site Rules to post the personal information of another member (or a customer, for that matter).

telecom_goddess 08-07-2012 05:56 PM

As a suggestion it might even be a good idea to not use common alternate phrases either....IE Wally World or Wall of Mart. Just because they are probably becoming known as alternate names for you know where :)

PepperElf 08-07-2012 06:59 PM

True. Some nicknames are pretty obvious. A couple of others took some time to figure out. But some members here I just have no idea cos they gave their companies weird names.


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have had to remove threads or even hide entire accounts
And that in itself may not be enough to protect the unwise since it doesn't guarantee that google cache or wayback web won't still have it archived.

Dave1982 08-07-2012 07:02 PM

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Quoth PepperElf (Post 1067069)
And that in itself may not be enough to protect the unwise since it doesn't guarantee that google cache or wayback web won't still have it archived.

True, but there's nothing we can do about off-site caches or copies. Which is another reason why it's best to avoid revealing such info in the first place.

Andara Bledin 08-07-2012 08:14 PM

Despite the fact that anybody who knows me on a particular networking site actually knows where I work (and that my work doesn't care that I post here, with the bosslady actually making suggestions), I have never named my workplace because it's just not worth it; it's just "the place I work."

For people who work at less-worker-friendly places; protect yourselves. It's not just the workplaces you have to worry about; there are people out there who are so petty and unhappy that they go out and look for people to get in trouble; don't give them that ammunition.

^-.-^

Kristev 08-08-2012 04:59 AM

When I worked where I did, after I figured out that I shouldn't be revealing it, I found the "Little shop of horrors" to be quite satisfactory as a pseudoname. At the moment, I'm a bit more open about myself because I work for no one. I'm a freelance fortune-teller.

PepperElf 08-08-2012 01:42 PM

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Quoth Dave1982 (Post 1067074)
True, but there's nothing we can do about off-site caches or copies. Which is another reason why it's best to avoid revealing such info in the first place.

That's pretty much what I was thinking really.

Cos not only companies but also disgruntled customers might use it too. Especially those threads where we reveal our FB info. cos some of us have real info on those FB accounts. And the last thing we need is some Entitlement Whore tracking us down to give us a piece of an empty mind, or this or any other info ... as fuel to try to punish us at work.

Cos hell to some SCs & EWs "off the clock" doesn't exist - and anything you cay or do in private is fair game to bring to your boss to get you in trouble. I call it "arocking" someone. (versions 2 & 3) (guess i should toss in the obligatory "fuarock" in now too) :eyewaggle:

KiaKat 08-08-2012 03:13 PM

And THAT is why my personal FB account is in no way associated with the store account. Not as a friend, admin, or even someone who likes the page. I really don't need people tracking me down to cause problems for me.

Pedersen 08-08-2012 07:18 PM

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Quoth KiaKat (Post 1067348)
I really don't need people tracking me down to cause problems for me.

Wait... I tracked you down...

KiaKat 08-08-2012 07:51 PM

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Quoth Pedersen (Post 1067424)
Wait... I tracked you down...

YOU don't cause problems.


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