It's Finally Happened! - page 9

by Ruby Vee

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I recognized someone from the picture they're using as their avatar. Moreover, it's someone I'm responsible for evaluating. And what they're posting is not consistent with a good attitude or safe practice. I can easily see why... Read More


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    Quote from blondy2061h
    I just wanted to point out that just because a photo is being used does not guarantee that the person posting is the person pictured. Someone could have framed her by copying her picture. I am confident if anyone cared to put the pieces together I would be identified. I don't post anything I wouldn't want my coworkers reading, though I'd prefer not to think of them as stalking me on AN.
    THIS. Aside from litigation, there is probably no way to determine the absolute identity of someone online (and sometimes even with litigation). And if it isn't the person in question... BOY.

    Someone could also impersonate someone online to sabotage them (not likely, but I've seen weirder things happen).

    Really, if someone isn't violating hipaa or publicly identifying or disparaging their employer or identifying coworkers, isn't the most important thing how well (or not) they are doing their job? I understand that you are wanting to use the material as an extension of that, or evidence in support, but you should be able to make your case on the basis of work performance/attitude alone. And if you can't? Then you may have to rethink the nature of the review in any case.
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    Quote from Sadala

    THIS. Aside from litigation, there is probably no way to determine the absolute identity of someone online (and sometimes even with litigation). And if it isn't the person in question... BOY.

    Someone could also impersonate someone online to sabotage them (not likely, but I've seen weirder things happen).

    Really, if someone isn't violating hipaa or publicly identifying or disparaging their employer or identifying coworkers, isn't the most important thing how well (or not) they are doing their job? I understand that you are wanting to use the material as an extension of that, or evidence in support, but you should be able to make your case on the basis of work performance/attitude alone. And if you can't? Then you may have to rethink the nature of the review in any case.
    I'm sorry but I have to think if Occam's Razor here, the odds of someone trying to sabotage a coworker on a website are slim to none. It's much more likely that the picture belongs to the poster.
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    Quote from SionainnRN
    I'm sorry but I have to think if Occam's Razor here, the odds of someone trying to sabotage a coworker on a website are slim to none. It's much more likely that the picture belongs to the poster.
    I agree that it's not likely.
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    But since it can't be proven, a lawyer would be all over that. Getting electronic records isn't something done for cheap, and unless this person's broken a law (ie, HIPAA) no facility is going to drop a mint on that. I don't know if they'd do it over HIPAA, either.

    Who's crazy enough to come on here with their own photo? Don't we come on here to vent??
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    Quote from carolinapooh
    Don't we come on here to vent??
    Nope, not anymore.
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    Quote from jrwest
    Nope, not anymore.
    ^Disagree...as long as one doesn't post their full face pic, name, address, email address, etc, along with names of individuals they talked to, full play-by-play of situations at work, school etc...

    I love being anonymous...if people actually think I'm their coworker, just TRY to guess...PM me and TRY...I WILL DENY!
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    Quote from carolinapooh
    But since it can't be proven, a lawyer would be all over that. Getting electronic records isn't something done for cheap, and unless this person's broken a law (ie, HIPAA) no facility is going to drop a mint on that. I don't know if they'd do it over HIPAA, either.

    Who's crazy enough to come on here with their own photo? Don't we come on here to vent??
    Unfortunately, this site isn't lacking for people crazy enough to come on here with their own photo. They're convinced they'll never say anything that someone will take offense to.
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    Quote from Ruby Vee
    Unfortunately, this site isn't lacking for people crazy enough to come on here with their own photo. They're convinced they'll never say anything that someone will take offense to.
    *sigh* I shouldn't be surprised.

    There is your signature, after all (ooh, so catty...)
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    Quote from Ruby Vee
    Unfortunately, this site isn't lacking for people crazy enough to come on here with their own photo. They're convinced they'll never say anything that someone will take offense to.
    There are social media sites that pictures, when posted, become public. It takes a click of a mouse to save any picture you want to. People use pictures for a variety of reasons. So as far fetched as it seems, it could and does happen. And I think of that college football player who was duped for quite a long time from a completely made up situation, using all fake pictures. Happens every day.

    In any event, I think that the ONLY thing that should be done is "counseling" on the policy regarding the use of work issues on public computer forums (and there are policies for this now, if not there should be), and a light "it would be in your best interest to take down anything that identifies you", do not identify your place of work on social media websites....whatever is specific to the policy.

    I get that you were perhaps horrified at the content of the posts. Perhaps (or perhaps not) they were directed at you, what you work hard at, what you see in an entirely different light. However, posts are subjective, difficult to prove who wrote, and to somehow certify authenticity.

    In my honest opinion, one shouldn't hold something against someone that you find on the internet. Or in these forums. I just don't believe it to be good managment practice. Workers need to know the policy, know what they can and can not participate in online--and by that I mean specific to identifying their place of work, as well as who they are, and any other nuances of a policy they should be aware of, and sign off on that it is understood. Only then can they be held accountable to the policy--and if there is just a picture, that is a far stretch....


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