There is a difference between lying about who you are and simply not posting all your personal info for everyone to ogle over. There is nothing wrong with keeping some things to yourself.
Totally agree. I think too many people put way way way too much personal stuff about themselves out there on line. The other thread has proven that even though people try to be anonymous, if you have enough out there about yourself, both here and in other places, people WILL put two and two together.
If you're here because you run a related business, being open about who you are will only serve you well, because if you lie, you're going to get caught up in it.
For those who are occasional posters who are here to ask a question here and there, learn from reading questions others have asked, there really isn't anything to be gained by telling the entire world about aspects of your life not related to the question at hand.
Kids are taught internet safety in school now. Sometimes I think there should be a manditory "adult user" course in the same, because I find many adults make way too much of themselves available on line.
I am who I am. I sit around most of the day with my 9 month old, and COTH is often a form of company for me since she's a holy terror and I refuse to be "that" person in public with the screaming child. I plan on hiding in the house until her stupid teeth come in, which seems as though it will take forever.
I don't really see the point of ruining my time here with lies, because then I'd really be lonely.
That said, I have used an alter during OT day and one other time, which will probably now be outed by the FBI sleuths.
"This is too much. I must go pee on the bed." ~ Sad Dog Diary Our Adventures
No, I don't lie on-line. Too much mental energy spent.
Just for the record, mswillie (AKA Mathilda, Tillie, Tillie-Willie) was the cat I got after my ex husband stormed out of the house. He hated cats and I was/am quite fond of them. It was my way of telling him that he was out, the cat was in.
That was in 1991. The original Ms. Willie died a couple of months ago at the ripe old age of 21.
I link photos to facebook once in a while so I'm easy to ID if anyone was so inclined. Doubt anyone would give a damn anyway.
No , I don't lie and if you knew me IRL you would laugh. I actually have been fired by clients for not being able to lie. However, in my work-environmental regulation consultant- I need to be honest in order to sleep at night. Everyone who knows me knows not to ask me ANYTHING if they don't want to hear my opinion.
Contrary to my initial reply, I am way too lazy to lie.
If I have something to make up, I save it for November Nano....or inbetween attempts to be a grand novelist.
(My lieing is so bad, I can't even hide my intended murder victim who is real, in my not yet written novel...he would know I am out to get him...)
As I'm not very secretive about my horse activities, There are too many people on COTH who know me - I'd be exposed within 5 minutes if tried lying. There also seem to be a lot of local folks that I haven't met and would probably really enjoy know them.
Seems this poll would end up with results much like those that ask if people wash their hands after using the bathroom. The results of a poll are always much different than actual observation (i.e., most lie and say of course they wash their hands when in fact watching what people actually do reveals most do not).
I don't lie online and I do wash my hands. So there!
I have no ability to PM anymore, hate the new format. Duke fired me in 2007, no network news, I am little. I went face to face with some guy who thought I should be able to file an AFC within 10 days. I gave hime the AFC requirements from the Ca. Energy Commission. End of relationship.
I am slightly younger, prettier, and thinner, but that's just how I think of myself. I'm always a little surprised when I look in the mirror and see this old, fat, tired chick staring back at me.
I don't think that counts as lying though. After all, on CoTH I hardly ever need to convince people I'm young, cute, and skinny. No one here cares about that.
I'm definitely wittier, but that's just because I have time to think of a good answer, unlike IRL when you always think of the right thing to say too late to say it
Holy crap, how does Darwin keep missing you? ~Lauruffian