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Old 09-29-04, 08:58 AM
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Question If I type my screenname in google, my posts show up, is there anyway around this?

Well although this is not a good policy I guess looking back on it, I use my aol screen name for every message board I post on so anyone who if anyone who knows me would happen to goto www.google.com and type in my screenname they would see not only my posts from this board but all the posts from other boards I've posted on. This is especially true if you happen to have a rare screen name. Just to test it out, I put some other users from this board in and posts show up too. Maybe I'm the only one dumb enough to use the same screenname. Is there anyway to block google from archiving our posts? I mean maybe I'm just being paranoid but there are some people who don't know I have ADD who could find posts that I really didn't want to be on google about very private things I've discussed on here. True, they could just come on here, but the chances of that are much slimmer. Also, if not, is there anyway to change my screenname? I did not think about all this until I read this article about how you can find people's quicken files and search for credit card number ranges and all sorts of scary stuff... Even if its not online anymore google has a cache of old stuff so you can still access stuff that has been taken offline. Gotta love the internet.

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Old 09-29-04, 09:38 AM
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Cualexander,

In defense of Google, it isn't just a Google issue. It will pull it up on Yahoo search and probably every other search engine. Having a different screen name for a forum like this would be the only way to protect your privacy.

I thought about this issue when I signed on, but my personal decision has been to be open about ADD in me and my family. However, I know that there are tons of reasons for individuals not to share their own situations.
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It happens to me too, the only defenses I see against it are:

* Pick a name that is a common word already, like "Rabbit"
* Some forums are private or have private sections that cannot be read by Guests or by searchbots, only by members. Most of this forum doesn't fit this description although the private abuse sections do.
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As I understand it we are trying to have our threads here indexed by search engine bots. That's exactly how I found you guys. I was having trouble finding definitive answers about the role of a coach. A google search brought up a relevant thread here and I never really left.

It's always a double edged sword. To think that you remain anonymous is somewhat naive no matter your nickname. In my case I don't use a proxy but probably should. My ISP tracks every move I make by replacing my ip address with a designation that is unique to my user account. Canada has some seriously lame privacy laws. This ISP drives me to distraction on other terms too. Like the fact that I'm forced to buy my cell time, two land lines, local and long distance services and my internet time all from the same company. In the US this would not be the case I'm sure. I absolutely hate having to deal with them. They define arrogance.

If it really does pose a serious problem for you, contact an administrator and explaing yourself.
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I just tried doing this, putting my screen name into Google search........and sure enough, it came up with my posts. How scary is that?? Not that is really matters because if you did not want people to see what you wrote(or typed!), then you would not even be posting messages here. It just shows how this whole internet thing works. You can find anything you want to know, even if it is other people's posts! Just wanted to share MY observation. :-)
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Which administrator do we contact to make the change? I ask Big for everything, and I'm sure he'd appreciate a break from my requests
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Re: If I type my screenname in google, my posts show up, is there anyway around this?

I have sent two PM's to andrew asking how to change my username. Haven't heard back. I've been nervous about this too. Could someone tell andrew he's got PM's to read
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Re: If I type my screenname in google, my posts show up, is there anyway around this?

Forward it to Andi (the other admin) and make sure you attach some shoes
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Re: If I type my screenname in google, my posts show up, is there anyway around this?

Doesnt matter if you change your username, all your previous posts are archived with the previous name, no?
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Re: If I type my screenname in google, my posts show up, is there anyway around this?

The old username would show up in a search when you were quoted in another poster's text. A username change would not affect quoted text, so it would still pull up in the search.
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