In browsing various threads the other day, I ran across a thread by a Doper I know “in real life” – someone I’ve talked to outside of the Dope and have met in person at various meetups. It was a topic I wouldn’t normally have shied away from, but in this case, I stopped myself because…well, because I had this odd sensation that I was somehow invading this person’s privacy. Part of the reason (some) folks feel free to post on here about very personal topics is because of the relative anonymity the Board offers. Now, I know this person is well aware of being known by other Dopers and wouldn’t care that others were reading the thread, but it just got me to thinking.
So, the question is fairly simple. Would you change – or have you already changed-- your posting and/or reading habits on the Dope based on having met a Doper or multiple Dopers in person? Would you worry about invading the privacy of someone you knew? Would you worry about people who know you learning deeply personal things about you?
I’ll admit that, as silly as it sounds, there are threads I’ve decided not to start or participate in simply because I wanted to spare Doper friends of mine details about me that they’d probably rather not know. What about you?