i don't think it's so wrong for a school to check up on you. it's like when an employer calls your references, or when a bank runs a credit check. of course schools want to do a little research on their applicants. it's only fair. just think, if they let in people based solely on their numbers it would put some other, more qualified, or more fitting to that particular uni at a disadvantage. i think their looking on these boards is as valid a soft factor as any other.
that's what the letters of rec are. checking LSD is not comparable to a credit check. and admissions decisions are not based on numbers; that's why we send essays, letters, addenda, and resumes. that's also why some of us get into schools with lower numbers than some of the people that don't get in.
this [matching LSD users to applicants] is comparable to a potential employer googling your name, not checking your references.
i'm not making a judgment on whether it's right or wrong; your analogy is just flawed.
that's all crap that you send in, OF COURSE IT'S GOING TO BE FAVOURABLE. and my analogy (actually a simile) was just really an example of how various institutions research those they do business with. I say itís ok to investigate someone who has willingly applied to be an associate of yours.
And let it be known that I donít itís wrong for and employer to google your name. I hope mine do!