So, if you're concerned about Web analytics making connections between your postings on Slashdot and postings made with stylistic language or nicknames similar to those of your Slashdot postings, you're shit out of luck. And such connections and inferences are far from mere paranoia. Analytics is what drives NSA data collection and most forms of clicktracking, and speaking as one who has worked in the field, I can confirm that the technology is still in its infancy. As recently as March 2013, Slashdot itself reported that researchers, using only Facebook metadata, could predict a user's sexual orientation, political party, IQ, likelihood to use drugs, and other personality characteristics. So prudence clearly dictates that online users should ALWAYS delete unnecessary traces. And Slashdot postings, which can get far more personal than Facebook "likes," should certainly be high on the list of deletable traces.
Amazingly, Slashdot refuses to provide this rudimentary service. It refuses to allow even half-assed attempts to hide one's identify by changing a nick. And it refuses to even accept email requests to discuss the issue. When I sent a message to Slashdot last week asking for help, I received a form letter apologizing for "Slashdot's inability to reply to every question about its new beta system."
Jeez, can't I even get kissed when I get fucked?
So I'll be submitting my story for the foreseeable future, until I get some kind of reaction from somebody who thinks that I'm raising a valid issue. In the interim, I STRONGLY urge anybody thinking of opening a Slashdot account, or to post other than anonymously, to think twice. Once you open that account, once you post that message, there's no redo."""
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