Do you have an online identity?

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41. Posted by s0f (Full Member 163 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Wocca

It's not so unusual soapsuds, for this type of thing to happen. Some people are just so introverted, they only know how to express themselves online. I know of other people this has also happened to me. Let's just call it a sign of the times.

Oh no, I agree with you. I have to say that I'm much more confident online. I feel that if I have the chance to actually think about what I'm saying (typing) then it comes out a lot better than if I was trying to have a conversation. Sometimes in real life I get caught up in my head and nothing comes out right when I try to say it, so I'd rather not say anything at all.

Forums are like "speaking" in a group and there's no way you'd have that with me in real life. I'm always the quiet one in the corner who just listens.

I couldn't make up an enitre story though and try to portray that online. What you get with me online (my online identity) is me being comfortable enough to express myself.

42. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi soapsuds,

You'll see what I mean if you check out the link I just sent you.


43. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


When people think of stalking, they generally form a picture of a man with binoculars sitting in a car outside of a woman's house. The man follows this woman as she goes to work or to the store. The stalker may even send the woman a note or make phone calls telling the woman that he is watching her every move. She becomes frightened and calls the police who may or may not be able to do anything to help her (depending on the state that she lives in) until the stalker has made some kind of physical contact, and at this point it may be too late.

There is now a different kind of stalker on the prowl. This individual may not even reside in the same state or even the same country as his or her victim. People are now being stalked through the Internet. This violation has been termed cyberstalking.

Cyberstalkers typically target inexperienced users and about 80% of these victims are female. Unfortunately, law officials have not decided on a single definition for cyberstalking. So currently, there are several definitions.

Some general characteristics of cyberstalking are:

Malice: the desire and intention to hurt someone.
Premeditation: the presence of planning and organization.
Repetition: the harassment does not occur only once.
Distress: the activity causes fear and distress to the targeted individual.
Obsession: the stalker cannot stop his or her actions.
Vendetta: the stalker seeks revenge against the targeted individual.
Threats: a statement that makes the targeted individual fear for his or her physical safety.
Disregarded Warnings to Stop: the targeted individual has clearly warned the stalker to stop, and the stalker ignores the plea.

Some ways to avoid online harassment:

Check your signature file (.sig file) for personal information such as your full name, address, workplace, and phone numbers.

Use the finger command to see what kind of information is listed about you. This is especially important if you have a .edu account. If there is too much personal information here you can edit your .plan file.

Be careful about including photos, resumes, addresses and phone numbers on Web sites.

Be careful about giving information about your friends, family or the area in which you live.

44. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1369 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting CupCake

hmmmm...I have met quite a few people that I originally met online. I have been told by all of them, that I was exactly what they expected. Don't know if that is good or bad, but I guess I can only be me

Interesting post and cc i would say thats a good thing and im even more looking foward to that drink with you now