What is everyones thoughts about the fact that all of our discussions are not private on the nexus.....
try typing in your username and atheist in google....
if your like me everything you wrote on this site jumps out for all to see.....
only way to maintain privacy is to not use your real name. think this is something we need to stress to newcomers. once the bots have you it is pretty hard to get them cleaned off, if not impossible.
I am not a privacy freak but i can tell you I dont want to publish my non belief to anyone but those I, not google, chooses.
What are you thoughts
When I was first on Nexus I used my whole name. Even though I'm open with most people about being atheist, an gay, I also deal with a public where I want to hold some things about myself, experiences, opinions, private. That lets me be much more open on Nexus.
So I changed my avitar and ussername. Im more comfortable. When I google my own name, it doesn't come up any more. It took a couple of months to settle out.
Some people need more discretion than others. We also change our minds sometimes about what we want to share with the world. I feel a bit sheepish about not using my full name on here, and may do that again sometime, but I understand anyone who is not ready or able to be fully open.
We've also had members in Muslim countries who could be persecuted and killed for apostacy. I those cases, discretion is very important.
The Number 1 rule on the internet my friend, If you put it on the internet it isn't private. I don't care how many safeguards you put in place etc. someone will be able to find it. I always sign up with throw away email addresses and fake names to prevent laypeople from finding stuff.
While I agree with Sam Jones about how everyone should know the nature of the internet, I dislike the way this site handles creating an account. Unless they've changed it, it asks for a "full name" rather than a "username," implying that you should use your actual name. In my opinion, this should be changed and a warning should be on the account creation page about using your real name.
I've sent Atheist Nexus a message about this, but have received no response. While normally I wouldn't find this a big deal, I think this is absolutely important for a site such as this, where people from other countries could be killed if they were found to be a member here.
I also just checked and even though I've changed my name here (from my real last name to "Anam"), a search for my real name on Google revealed my Anam account here. So once you put your real name on this site, you can't take it back.
It's not a big deal for me personally, since most everyone in my life already knows I'm an atheist, but it really needs to be stressed in account creation that if you are even a little unsure of whether you want to come out as an atheist, you need to use an alias.