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aerosick

I saw a Blog where the Email Address, the Sender's comment and the Author's reply was in it.

As a Reader I wouldn't want my info put out like this! I would make sure I didn't read anything by that Author and definitely *NOT* send them any Feedback Emails.

Do you think this is wrong or am I way off-base?

Billy

docholladay

@aerosick

I agree the author was definitely in the wrong. The email and id is private and should be treated that way. I can see maybe quoting a portion of a feedback if the remark or question is common enough for a general reply, but not with a Email address.

It is a safety issue in my opinion.

Replies:   aerosick
Crumbly Writer

It depends on the context. My website gets responses from readers, which I can respond to privately, but I'll very often publish the comments if I think other readers may be interested. Since they were posted to a public website, and the user didn't ask that it be kept anonymous, I simply 'accepted' the commented and it was published on the website.

However, the SOL blog is separate, as there's no assumption of public exposure. That said, SOL is different since it's a 'private' website, requiring a password to gain access to the material, meaning a spambot can't simply pick up the email address by performing global searches. So it's a tricky situation.

Still, I wouldn't publish the user's email address, since the communication was private. In fact, I'd be reluctant to even use their SOL user name (though again, many responders use a separate email address, or at least I do). Still, that's an unnecessary exposure of a private communication, while the public website carries an expectation of public exposure.

However, I also list my own email address, though I'm careful where I display it. I list it as a contact on my website (probably a dangerous thing to do), but not on public websites like LinkedIn or even on the SOL Forum. I also list it in my books as a way for readers to get in contact with me, but again, it's not generally accessible via search engines as you'd have to purchase the book to access it.

Aerosick, if I was you, I'd send the author a private note, pointing out the abuse of private information. S/he was probably unaware of their blunder, likely never even considering it. That provides a way for them to rectify the situation.

Replies:   aerosick
Switch Blayde

@aerosick

You are not wrong. People should respect and protect other people's privacy.

aerosick

@Crumbly Writer

Aerosick, if I was you, I'd send the author a private note, pointing out the abuse of private information. S/he was probably unaware of their blunder, likely never even considering it. That provides a way for them to rectify the situation.


Replying to his Blog does not allow me to change my Email Address to Anonymous. I won't as I don't want to chance him spreading my Email Addy around!

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
aerosick

@docholladay

I can see maybe quoting a portion of a feedback if the remark or question is common enough for a general reply, but not with a Email address.


To me it was more of a public flogging of the Feedbacker.

Right now, that Blog is #10 and it includes the Email Address in the Title of the Blog.

Replies:   DerAndy
G Younger

I have a few ass-hats that send me regular feedback that rubs me the wrong way. I've been tempted to publicly shame them, but then I put on my big boy pants and resist the temptation. Of course that doesn't mean it won't happen someday!

G Younger

docholladay

Heck I have communicated with a few writers here and else where as well over the years (among others). I have yet to give out anyone's address even to people I know are honorable.

If someone requests an email address from me I forward the request with a note to the party who's address is requested. I admit I make the assumption that the requester will not mind me sharing the information. After that its up to both parties if they exchange email messages.

Crumbly Writer

@aerosick

Replying to his Blog does not allow me to change my Email Address to Anonymous. I won't as I don't want to chance him spreading my Email Addy around!

If he's an SOL author, you could send him a response using another email address, one not associated with your author ID. That's why I keep extra emails around, so I can use one with suspect sites, so if it gets taken over by useless spam, I won't lose much by simply deleting the entire email account.

@aerosick

To me it was more of a public flogging of the Feedbacker.

Right now, that Blog is #10 and it includes the Email Address in the Title of the Blog.

In that case, it very much sounds like that was the author's intent, to publicly humiliate the reader--possibly in a Trumpian attempt to shut him up.

DerAndy

@aerosick

To me it was more of a public flogging of the Feedbacker.


That may be, but even if I'd condone such action there was nothing in that feedback that should warrant the author taking that much exception and such a over the top reaction.

Sometimes it might be of value to address feedback in a public manner, but then good behavoir dictates to anonymize it beforehand.

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