Until 1995 or 1996 (I forget the date, but I remember where I was living at the time) I had all sorts of information in my
I thought phone number and address (mailing address, that is) were useful because folks would have a convenient way to find my phone number if they needed to call me, or my address if they needed to mail me something. This was before everyone was carrying PDAs in their pockets, and the sig info had come in handy for folks in the past.
I was wrong.
One afternoon I got a phone call from some woman about some conversation she thought we had had in a white supremacist irc channel the evening prior.
If there's a group for which I have a prejudiced and unreasoned hatred, it's bigots. That may well make me a bigot myself, but I am not a white supremacist.
I was too upset to remember the details of our brief conversation, but the gist was she was sure she had the right person because she had the right combination of name, phone number and address. I was just as sure she had the wrong person.
Minutes after our phone conversation, my
The Internet lost some of its charm for me on that day. I don't suppose it actually was any different, but I sure learned to look at it through less-rosy glasses.