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The Risks of Electronic Communication

The Risks of Electronic Communication
Tom Van Vleck

[The first part of this note began as a handout for people new to my group, to save them from embarrassment & lost productivity. I have updated it with the comments and suggestions of many friends and colleagues. I am interested in further suggestions for improving it.]

If you're tempted to

* broadcast or post a funny message
* send or post an angry message
* be sarcastic or ironic
* criticize others in public
* post a message or send mail late at night
* send a message about a person that you wouldn't want them to see

please think twice. Ask somebody else to talk you out of it. Ask me.

It's easy to damage your reputation and productivity by saying the wrong thing: it's ten times as easy to do this with electronic communication.

By using electronic mail, USENET news groups, electronic bulletin board systems, irc, chat, and so forth, you can make a fool of yourself to many strangers rapidly.

Sending an electronic message is a lot more permanent than saying something; long after your feelings change, the words are still there. Unlike messages on paper, electronic messages are hard to stop once you've sent them: they can be delivered and read seconds after you send them. And electronic messages are awfully easy to copy and resend -- you can't be sure who will read them eventually and form a negative impression of you for sending them.

Messages you post to news groups are remembered forever. Anyone can issue a simple command to search all posted messages for a keyword, or for your name. When you post a message, ask yourself if you'd like a potential employer to read it several years from now.


Tom Van Vleck






電子メール、USENET ニュースグループ、電子掲示板、IRC、チャット、そしてForthを使うことで自分のアホさ加減を多くの見知らぬひとにすばやく知らしめてしまいます。




ぜひ、「インターネットの暮らし方(a.k.a. JUNETの暮らし方) ([の] のまのしわざ)」も合わせてどうぞ。