RE: Histonet Archive and privacy

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From:Tim Morken <>
Date:Mon, 29 Mar 1999 13:48:59 -0500 (EST)


The Histonet is a public forum. As such, your words are available to 
anyone. In other words, privacy does not exist here. 

As you imply, I think the archive may be a good moderator of the 
tendancy to extremes that we see in these sorts of forums due to some 
peoples' concept that they are anonymous on the Net. Far from that, you 
are exposing yourself to the world, and it has to be taken seriously!

Tim Morken, B.A., EMT(MSA), HTL(ASCP) 
Infectious Disease Pathology
Centers for Disease Control
1600 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30333


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From: "Slap, Steven" <>
To: HistoNet <>
Subject: RE: Histonet Archive
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 12:13:07 -0500

Dear HistoNetters

I don't really want to cast a wet blanket over Marvin's accomplishment,
which took a lot of hard work and dedication.  Still, I want to express
my reservations about having all of my timeless words of wisdom <grin>
permanently accessible for all the world to read and enjoy for years to
come on the archive.  This raises some significant privacy issues for
me.  Among them:

1.	How does your employer feel about you expressing your opinions
in a permanent form on the World Wide Web?  Does your employer care what
you may have said?

2.	Have you ever written anything in haste to HistoNet which you
may not, with the benefit of hindsight, want preserved in perpetuity?

3.	Are you aware that these posts might be found with a simple
search engine query by your name?

I have enjoyed the open, unfettered style of HistoNet discussions.  Like
a good telephone conversation with 900 of your friends, much of the
friendly banter is very informal.  Now that I know that whatever I write
will be preserved on a web site, I, for one, will be much more careful
what I say and how I say it (which might not be a bad idea...).

Best regards,
Steven Slap

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