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Poll results: Have you crossed the posting line?

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  • Way Over - It is just a matter of time now...I'm resigned to my fate.

    6 18.18%
  • Near, but I can make a case for my time here being work related.

    3 9.09%
  • Naw, I'm fine. Unless they really have an axe to grind.

    14 42.42%
  • I'm clean as can be. Nothing incriminating under my moniker.

    7 21.21%
  • Huh? What cha' be talkin' bout Willis?

    2 6.06%
  • Other Answer - See below.

    1 3.03%
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Thread: Web postings got this fellow in hot water, what about you or me?

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    Cyburbian el Guapo's avatar
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    Web postings got this fellow in hot water, what about you or me?

    http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ne...news-headlines

    How close to un-employable have your postings made you?

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    Cyburbian donk's avatar
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    I loved his "cry me a river line".

    Maybe future employers have connected my resume to my posting at this site?

    Thats it, I'll blame cyburbia and not myself anymore.

    EDIT

    I have not posted anything here I have not said out loud to my employer, staff, council or the public. (sorry I##### M)))(( P$$$$$$)
    Last edited by donk; 23 Dec 2003 at 12:31 PM.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    Cyburbian Rumpy Tunanator's avatar
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    "Sitting behind a desk and looking pretty is not my style,'' he stated. "I am the type of person who loves getting my hands dirty whether it is chasing someone down a street or just giving them the 'good old fashion nypd beat down.'
    Man I would love that job, I always wanted to chase people down the street and give them a good beating
    A guy once told me, "Do not have any attachments, do not have anything in your life you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you spot the heat around the corner."


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    Cyburbian Seabishop's avatar
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    Hopefully none of us do blatantly illegal things like that guy. We're more likely to admit slacking, taking office supplies, or thinking the Planning Board chair is a jerk.

    I've tried to up my anonymity lately.

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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
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    I have formed opinions of many of the frequent posters on Cyburbia, based on their writings. This is especially true of the posts in the professional forums. How well they respond to inquiries on issues of zoning, planning law, theory, design, economic development, and etc. has given me some insight into their capabilities and how well they think (and write). As a result, I would be far more inclined to consider them for a job. I suppose another consideration is that nearly all of the posters on Cyburbia are people with good character, unlike this cop.

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    Gunfighter Mastiff's avatar
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    Originally posted by Cardinal
    I have formed opinions of many of the frequent posters on Cyburbia, based on their writings. This is especially true of the posts in the professional forums. How well they respond to inquiries on issues of zoning, planning law, theory, design, economic development, and etc. has given me some insight into their capabilities and how well they think (and write). As a result, I would be far more inclined to consider them for a job. I suppose another consideration is that nearly all of the posters on Cyburbia are people with good character, unlike this cop.
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    Cyburbian Richmond Jake's avatar
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    I can honestly say that I've never done anything illegal or unethical in my professional career--the honesty in the genes from mom and dad. I have used poor judgement and made some mistakes but I've learned from those experiences.

    OK -- I get in now EG ... Other than maybe spending too much time here, I don't believe I've written anything to get me fired and make me unemployable. (Like, see how I just edited my post rather than posting a new message? )
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    Cyburbian el Guapo's avatar
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    Originally posted by RichmondJake
    I can honestly say that I've never done anything illegal or unethical in my professional career--the honesty in the genes from mom and dad. I have used poor judgement and made some mistakes but I've learned from those experiences.
    RJ
    No, that's not what I'm asking. I'm asking if your posting patterns, frequency or content - if fully know by your employer- would get you in trouble.

    I hope no one here is foolish enought to do something illegal and not expect us to rat them out to the man.

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    Other than jokes about my personal vice (the herb), I think I'm fine. I do my job, and I don't slam my employer or give away manufacturing trade secrets. I'm usually only on the internet for research or to kill a few minutes during down time when I'm working on stuff at my desk.

    If they REALLY wanted to get picky, they could use it as evidence of a lifestyle they disapprove of, but I don't think I could be fired for my Cyburbia posts.

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    Cyburbian boiker's avatar
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    not the content, the time!

    my former employer used to activley scan the web usage logs and question any extended amounts of time online.

    I had forgot to shut down my computer one weekday, only to be questioned a month later why i was on the internet for over 12 hours straight.

    He undestood that I was obviously getting my work done, but he was concerned the report would look bad to council members and the local media if the internet time logs were ever FOI'd
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    Cyburbian Planderella's avatar
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    Our MIS guy doesn't care where we go or what we look at online as long as we don't expose the company to any kind of viruses and such.

    Although I try to keep my web surfing to "planning-related" sites, I admit to straying off that path every once in a while. I don't think it would ever get me into hot water though, as others in this office are guilty of the same.

    With regards to Cyburbia, I've tried to keep my posts as clean as possible and have been careful about what I say about specifics with my co-workers, colleagues and things in general. In other words, my ass is covered.
    "A witty woman is a treasure, a witty beauty is a power!"

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    I post too much-so my main problem is "slacking." But, I get my job done, mostly rant about "planning" philosophy issues, and am generally pretty positive about my employer as an organization. The only real negatives is my expressed doubts about the town I work for. But, my role as a planner is to try to improve these problems, so, being honest is not necessarily a complete negative.

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    Cyburbian Plus PlannerGirl's avatar
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    my boss shops on Ebay while at work

    Cyburbia is a drop in the puddle when put next to shopping on Ebay.
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin

    Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO- HOO what a ride!'"

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    I don't think it's where I go, or what I say, it's how much time I spend there. Well, here, really. I find it is waaay to easy to just turn around and see if there are any new posts here than it is to do something difficult at work.

    El Guapo, did the 12 step "less cyburbia" program work for you?

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    Cyburbian
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    Well, considering that my future employers have a high chance of never even knowing the existance of Cyburbia; I'm fine.

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    Cyburbian el Guapo's avatar
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    Originally posted by Tranplanner
    ...El Guapo, did the 12 step "less cyburbia" program work for you?
    I have less of a presence here because we got rolling at work over the last six months. My work place now has a vision and is developing some forward momentum. That is nice. I spend 90% of my energies now delivering a fair days work for a fair days wage.

    I've learned to respect the Romans.

    I now post as time permits, or when I am doing a scutt job like covering the phones. Then it is not really slacking in the full sense of the word.

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    Seems like the main difference between the throbbing brain and this guy is that we're proud of our jobs, our profession, etc, and post accordingly. If steam is blown off, it's more out of idealistic frustration. I've never read (or posted) anything here where someone was unconstructively unhappy--ie, not happy at work and not trying to do anything about it. Cyburbia seems to be generally a very constructive, supportive, and professional place to sla....research.

    And I read mostly at lunch, anyway.
    I don't dream. I plan.

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    Cyburbian el Guapo's avatar
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    Yeah, and I post and read it only at lunch too


    Not a slam Plannerbabs, I just wanted that statment on the record. Wink wink...

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    We do not have an internet use policy so technically I don't believe the man could give me too much grief over it.

    Add up the other side of the ledger -- the uncompensated evening and weekend meetings, uncompensated use of personal vehicle, purchase of equipment and supplies out-of-(my own)-pocket and more and there shouldn't be any grief.

    Besides, Cyburbia (even eBay) is a lot better than some places I've seen other people frequenting.
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    Cyburbian Zoning Goddess's avatar
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    Yeah, I check into Cyb several times per workday, and yeah, I post during working hours. On the other hand, our receptionist is doing all of her Criminal Justice degree research online, and if she's not busted for Googling the "Miami boobie boys" (a gang, I guess), then I'm not worrying about Cyburbia.

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    Cyburbian Emeritus Chet's avatar
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    Originally posted by Tranplanner
    El Guapo, did the 12 step "less cyburbia" program work for you? [/B]
    I read EG's repsonses, and have to say, its working for me lately too. My post per day count is dropping, and soon I may be overtaken by Tuna.

    My posts are increasingly work friendly or they wait till I'm home. My coworkers and my boss already know that I am patron of lesbian bars, so I have nothing to hide.

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    Cyburbian Michele Zone's avatar
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    eG, I am actually pretty discrete here (and proving how that is so would require me to be very indiscrete, so you will just have to take my word for it). I suspect I am "unemployable" for reasons having nothing to do with my big mouth and I resigned myself some years ago to living with the consequences of my "too truthful to be good" personality.

    So, since I probably can't hold down a job, I will just have to make money in my own business, I guess.

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    I once posted a fake porn site on another forum I belong to. It was a parody of how I envisioned that site in 2007. Actually I just changed the HTML of their home page, uploaded it to one of my websites and linked it. Got a lot of great response.

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    Aside from the occasional "I need a new job" or "the residents are idiots" post, I think I would be ok. Like some others, I have toned down my posting (although it has picked up over the past few weeks). We also don't have an internet policy, so I think they would have a hard time getting rid of me on that issue. We have people here who do all kinds of non-work related stuff on the internet.
    "I'm a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter how dumb my suggestions are."

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    Cyburbian michaelskis's avatar
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    I have yet to say anything too incriminating, about this job because even though I donít want to say in this position forever, I really enjoy where I am at right now. But, I have told it how it is concerning past employer knowing that I will starve before I work for some of that government again. But I am fortunate that some of the major players for that municipality are no longer in office, and a few of the people I had to deal with, do not have that job anymore. From what I hear, the New Mayor has a lot of good ideas and I think that he could make a positive difference there. (But a few other adjustments are needed from what I hear)
    "A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. Time makes more converts than reason." - Thomas Paine Common Sense.

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