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  •  No, can't... (1+ / 0-)
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    kj in missouri

    (1) Many times when someone claims stalking, my review of the comments shows that it really was a case of spamming or thread hijacking or other conduct for which we already have rules. But then I realized that some are HR'ing on the grounds of stalking (even though we do not have an official rule on stalking) and; more importantly, some people are being tagged a stalker unjustly, and there are negative perceptions associated with being a stalker.

    Posted in the Aye thread about why this seems necessary, more to protect people from false perception charges than to try to prevent cyber-stalking. Feel free to argue however... otherwise. I'm open to hearing all sides of this, personally. I've read a LOT of comments.

    But I would like people who have been unfairly stigmatized as stalkers to be able to be cleared of that association if need be. It's used too often in an unfair fashion. Real cyber-stalking warrants stronger intervention than a forum moderator.

    "Heidegger? But I didn't even know her!"

    by mahakali overdrive on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 04:59:41 PM PDT

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    •  Is this a real problem at all? (4+ / 0-)

      I've been here a long time, and posted in all kinds of diaries.  I don't remember a lot of people stalking other people, and I don't remember a lot of people being accused of stalking other people.

      My take on this is that the need is for people to get to feel like they are involved in how the community is run, and that this is an obvious bad behavior which is uncontroversial to make a rule about.

      The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it. ~ H.L. Mencken

      by Jay Elias on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 05:06:05 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah, there are a lot of allegations of stalking (1+ / 0-)
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        especially in the health care diaries. There are people calling people lobbyists, and people calling those people lobbyists back. It's all really sad.

        I'd like to define "stalking" so we could throw it around less.

        "Heidegger? But I didn't even know her!"

        by mahakali overdrive on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 05:16:13 PM PDT

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        •  I've worried about the healthcare diaries too (1+ / 0-)
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          Maybe I don't watch closely enough to know the background behind the stalking accusations, but much of the time it has looked as though simple (albeit admittedly persistent) disagreement about the diarist's motives or the need for complete disclosure of insititutional ties was found to be insulting by the diarist or his or her friends.

          I'm a little afraid to post this, for fear of HR or other penalties. And I do honor the work of many of those who were insulted.

          But still, this old journalist found the troll-ratings of what seemed to be a free-and-easy flow of information and honest disagreement chilling . . .

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