[Histonet] Alias identity

Susan Bachus susanbachus <@t> verizon.net
Wed Dec 3 22:17:48 CST 2008

Here's one potential problem with listing real names:  a few years ago a 
very diligent student of mine inadvertently stirred up a lot of controversy 
when she asked for advice from Histonet on a class assigment and someone was 
concerned that she was "cheating".   I had in fact recommended Histonet as a 
resource to them (though I didn't intend for them to use it for something so 
trivial)!   One silver lining was that a lot of discussion was aired about 
what the purpose of Histonet is and several people sprang to the poor 
student's defense.  But later she googled herself when she started worrying 
about looking for a job and this popped up because she had used her full 
name, and she was terrified that it would interfere with her finding a job! 
She wanted to know if it could be taken out of the archives, but of course 
the problem is that these things are still "cached"!   Susan
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Charles.Embrey" <Charles.Embrey <@t> carle.com>
To: "Amber McKenzie" <amber.mckenzie <@t> gastrodocs.net>; 
<histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2008 1:30 PM
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Alias identity

This is one problem you have with an open list.  I also belong to the
Pathologists' Assistants list server but you must apply for membership
that is restricted to AAPA members only.  We can be more open with
comments and questions without worry of unwanted calls from vendors or
junk mail from the growing number of recruiters.  Of course anything on
the web can be accessed if you search hard enough but we don't have
companies monitoring everything we say.  I would be careful to "assume
that if we're on this list that we're all credible, knowledge and
professionals".  Over ten years on the list has taught me otherwise.  I
must admit that I always consider the source.  It is sad that some do
have to hide their identity but I do understand why they find it
necessary and support their choice.


-----Original Message-----
From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
[mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Amber
Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2008 10:06 AM
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] Alias identity

I have to put my 2 cents in about all the statements on having an alias
name instead of identifying who each person is after each email...WHAT'S
THE BIG DEAL??  We are all supposed to be professionals asking each
other for advice/suggestions on the Histonet - who cares who each person
is?  If I post a question, I don't care if it's Jane Doe answering or
John Smith.  I assume that if we're on this list that we're all
credible, knowledge and professionals.  Come on people, we're all in the
same boat here. If I'd thought about putting an alias name for myself
instead of my real name, I would have! Simply b/c last month I posted a
question on the Histonet asking where you all bought your lab chairs,
and I ended up having 2 vendors call me at my office trying to sell me
some when all I wanted was the advice of other HT's.  I love the idea of
people not knowing who I am or where I work.  Then I wouldn't have to
worry about being harassed on the phone.

Instead of worrying about the little things on the Histonet - like who
each person is, why can't we focus on work related issues?  I have to
delete so much junk just to get to the material that actually applies to
my field b/c of all the multiple emails that don't even matter.

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