Open up Firefox, and in the address bar type:
how weird is that?
and more importantly how/why did you discover it???
Oh dear :roll: ...oh dear, oh dear, oh dear!
And did you know employers will often "Google" for names and nicknames of potential job applicants. :?:
For instance - and this is only because his profile offers three search words, Google for roy+kent+uk and who knows what you may find.
Lorraine - if someone chooses to remain anonymous on a forum, I would hope that you would have the good manners to respect that wish.
No disrespect intended.
Merely making the point that employers have probably been searching for a web presence of technical job applicants for many a year. It has become a much more common practice for similar searches to be carried out for any job applicants.
This could have stemmed from the situation of a newspaper reporter bypassing Buckingham Palace security, lying on his CV and becoming a Royal footman - I think the present President Bush may have been a guest at Buck House while the reporter was employed there . A search on the reporter's name would not only have revealed that he had bypassed security at the Wimbledon Tennis Championship the previous year, but would have also provided a photo of the individual.
unfortunately or fortunately depending on point of view there is very little anonymity on the web in any event.
man.. it doesn't work for me what happened?
man. you can find out a lot about someone doing that... just forums for me but bit of a character profile isn't it?
And if you type
in the address bar?
(Oh, it's changed )
Yesterday it was a link to the 3DRealms Duke forums. Now it goes here:
No disrespect intended.
I'm a bit 'touchy' about anonymity as there are a lot of strange people out there in the big wide world, some of whom live in their own version of reality, based on films, games and fantasy. If you're a regular on a forum like this one then there are going to be times when sparks fly (as has happened with me already), or that people take offence for the most bizarre of reasons, so it makes sense to me to stay anonymous from all but other mods (which is a good reason not to go giving out moderator status to members unless absolutely necessary, TPH ).
I know how easy it often is to 'dig' for identities and profiles, but I don't think that this practice should be encouraged - not in this day and age.
This practice is becoming much more common and is carried out by those seeking to employ or buy the services of a freelancer. It is not sinister but it is a reality.
When I was recruiting technical people for a major corporate, I needed to satisfy the employers as to the applicant's suitability and fit with the corporate ethos. Psychometric testing only goes so far - and can be fudged. Referees offered are only those who will paint a positive picture of the applicant. CVs are a starting point, but no employer surely would just rely on the often trite buzz-words/management speak trotted out and claims of expertise, without a follow up.
Very little of the information offered by a job candidate is an independent pointer to personality type or tangible evidence of skill/technical ability. But I would expect technical people to participate in more than one relevant forum. If I am employing a new technician, I would look for forum evidence of an ability to assimilate new information, to learn and to grow in expertise over time. If I am looking for an advocate/peacemaker, a devil's advocate, an acknowledged expert or a hard taskmaster, then people with those traits can be identified. If the applicant is to go into a very high pressure atmosphere, a sense of humour (even if not to my personal liking) will none the less be a positive marker.
The last person I recruited was identified on a forum and offered a job interview. He is now (eight years on) the head of a very large technical development team and delighted at the way he was identified - even though, as he now acknowledges, he lacked certain people and technical skills in his early days on the forum.
Lorraine - I agree with and understand everything you say. I just don't like the idea of people being encouraged to try and identify me ( i.e. Google for roy+kent+uk ). I have nothing to hide from 'normal' people but I prefer to keep a barrier of anonymity between myself and unknown forum visitors.