If I google Ahmaud Arbery site:eng-tips.com, it takes me nowhere, even though there is a thread by that title on Pats’ Pub at eng-tips. This applies even when I am logged into eng-tips.com on my browser.
If I google Ahmaud Arbery site:simpliengineering.com, clicking the first result take me to the thread in the pub where I can view the whole thing, even without being logged into simpliengineering.com on my browser.
Btw I’m not complaining about that, but it does temper my willingness to discuss potentially-controversial subjects given that public discussion of controversial subjects can come back to haunt you in unexpected ways. And I don’t take big comfort from my anonomized handle… a creepy stranger on the internet once showed me that he could correctly track down my identity from my handle (which was all the more impressive because there’s a lot of electricpetes out there who aren’t me). My conclusion is that it’s easy to unwittingly leave behind clues if you’re not careful. Going the other direction from name to handle is also possible depending on what breadcrumbs you have left on the internet.
You can call me paranoid, and I wouldn’t argue with you. But being the paranoid that I am, I’m a little less at ease discussing controversial subjects on simpliengineering Pats’ Pub knowing my posts are publicly accessible. That’s not necessarily a bad thing… it’s not like I need more controversy in my life.