We need to post more to keep this resource.

I have not posted for a while. The reason is I was looking up detachment quotes on Pinterest and came across a whole thread discussion from this site. It had been posted on Pinterest. This really bothered me as I thought our posts were safe from social media.
 

Nandina

Member
I have been concerned about this for some time as there is a share button (looks like sideways ”V”) above every post. Probably best to take it up with admin. I have mentioned it previously to admin. when there was a Facebook share icon on every post shortly after the format was changed. That icon was deleted but then this one popped up. I sort of feel I might have made a pest of myself, but it is very concerning to me that there would even be the possibility of sharing anything from what I thought is a confidential site (other than articles, etc.) After all, everyone is encouraged to use pseudonyms to maintain confidentiality. But, there really is none when our posts can be shared all over the internet. For that reason, I don’t post much about my situation.
 

Copabanana

Well-Known Member
Gosh. I am concerned by this too. I thought this concern had been addressed by RB. I have spilled my guts here on these threads over the years believing that it was confined to this site. I know in the bylaws that we lose control over what we post. That by posting we consent that whatever is done with our posts, we have surrendered the right to consent. But this seems of another order altogether. I don't know what to do.
 
It was put on Pinterest in 2016. But it is still there and can be accessed still. I actually signed out of my account and went to Pinterest and went into it and could then access current threads from there including this thread just now. Here is a picture I took of it.
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runawaybunny

Administrator
Staff member
I removed the copy link symbol which I had not noticed until @Copabanana messaged me about it. Not sure what else I can do to prevent people from sharing links to this site onto privacy disrespecting social media. We do not post real names here so I don't know of any way any of this can be traced back to members participating here. If I'm missing anything please let me know.
 

MissLulu

Well-Known Member
When I first read this I was really concerned, however when I thought about it, I realised that anyone can access this forum and read the posts here. You don’t have to be a member to read, it’s only if you want to post that you need to join. So it’s up to us to protect our anonymity by not posting any identifying information about ourselves or our families.
I have been posting here for two years and have read hundreds of posts. I feel a real connection to many people here, but I have no idea who they are in real life.
I guess what I’m saying is I don’t think this is as big of an issue as it first appears. I very much value my anonymity (I have a public profile in my home country so it’s important to me not to be identified) which is why I prefer this board to a Facebook group for example. But anyone can see posts here, so (to me) it doesn’t really make a difference if people can access the posts through Pinterest or any other way. They still don’t have access to any identifying information about me, and that’s what counts in my opinion.

No place on the internet is ever completely secure. For instance I’m accessing this forum on my phone. If I wanted to (and I promise I would NEVER do this) I could take a screenshot of this post and publish that photo elsewhere. So no matter what safeguards the admins put in place there’s no way to completely guard against this sort of thing. I guess there could be a specific mention in a pinned post at the top of each forum mentioning that sharing anything from this site is against forum rules.
 

Nomad

Well-Known Member
Just my general thoughts... That is why being careful with identity is important. Of course never using your name. I would say avoiding using your city name. State only. Or state and general area of the state...upper side of NY for example. Saying what general field you are in. instead of the specific field or job. It’s not fool proof, but it might avoid a person rapidly zeroing in on your identity. And give you some comfort should in the unlikely event a post of yours is turned into a screen shot and shared elsewhere.
 

BusynMember

Well-Known Member
I don't post my state and change unimportant details such as ages of anyone. Even when I say Kay (not even one letter in Kay is in her name) am I correct. She is in a state that is in my opinion similar to the state I said she was in. Our business has been deliberately not derailed. Just taking.no chances.

I'm not afraid. I will keep posting.
 
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