« on: March 10, 2005, 09:28:14 PM »
Even if you would it's obvious that it would deter others from even saying negative things politely. Just in the same way many people wouldn't say negative things about their boss (even in a polite fashion) if their boss was right there listening. That type of deterrence would significantly decrease the utility of the message board.
Excellent example! I agree that allowing adcomms access to LSD/LSN will deter some people from posting some information there. I do not think that this explicitly public forum should be off limits to adcomms in any way though. So, I don't think they should be prohibited from collecting information.
QuoteSomeone else pointed out that we want to be professionals, so we should act in a professional manner.But this isn't a professional setting. If you go to an alcoholics anonymous meeting (which is quasi-public) and complain about your job and say how you think your boss is an idiot I think a company would be absolutely wrong to fire you for being, "unprofessional" even though in other settings making such statements would certainly fall under "unprofessional" behavior and a justifiably firing offense.
I am not 100% sure of the status of an AA meeting, so I am purposely going to generalize my response. If someone created a website and explicitly stated that only people that were in the process of applying could join, and that all parties were prohibited from sharing the information with non-members, then we would have an explictly private forum. If any adcomm found a way to collect information from this private location, then I would be very upset.
I totally agree that information that is expressed in a private forum is off-limits to the adcomms. However, LSD and LSN are extremely public.