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Web postings got this fellow in hot water, what about you or me?

Have you crossed the posting line?

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

    Votes: 6 18.2%
  • Near, but I can make a case for my time here being work related.

    Votes: 3 9.1%
  • Naw, I'm fine. Unless they really have an axe to grind.

    Votes: 14 42.4%
  • I'm clean as can be. Nothing incriminating under my moniker.

    Votes: 7 21.2%
  • Huh? What cha' be talkin' bout Willis?

    Votes: 2 6.1%
  • Other Answer - See below.

    Votes: 1 3.0%

  • Total voters
    33

donk

Cyburbian
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6,970
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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$$$$$$)
 
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Rumpy Tunanator

Cyburbian
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4,473
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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;)
 

Seabishop

Cyburbian
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3,838
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25
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.
 

Cardinal

Cyburbian
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10,080
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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.
 

Mastiff

Gunfighter
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7,181
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Cardinal said:
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.
How'd I rank?! Huh huh? Would I get a look? Maybe?! C'mon... spill it! Enquiring minds want to know! (Mine)
 

Richmond Jake

You can't fight in here. This is the War Room!
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18,313
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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? ;) )
 

el Guapo

Capitalist
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RichmondJake said:
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.
:)
 

BiteMeElmo

Cyburbian
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324
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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.
 

boiker

Cyburbian
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3,889
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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
 
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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. ;)
 

BKM

Cyburbian
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6,463
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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.
 

PlannerGirl

Cyburbian Plus
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6,377
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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.
 

Tranplanner

maudit anglais
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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?
 

SkeLeton

Cyburbian
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4,853
Points
26
Well, considering that my future employers have a high chance of never even knowing the existance of Cyburbia; I'm fine. :)
 

el Guapo

Capitalist
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Points
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Tranplanner said:
...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.
 

Plannerbabs

Cyburbian
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1,037
Points
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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.
 

el Guapo

Capitalist
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5,995
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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...
 

Gedunker

Moderating
Staff member
Moderator
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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.
 

Zoning Goddess

Cyburbian
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13,852
Points
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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.
 

Chet

Cyburbian Emeritus
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Tranplanner said:
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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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.
 

Super Amputee Cat

Cyburbian
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2,238
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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.
 

Repo Man

Cyburbian
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2,549
Points
25
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.
 

michaelskis

Cyburbian
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20,157
Points
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I have yet to say anything too incriminating, about this job because even though I don’t 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)
 

Doitnow

Cyburbian
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496
Points
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I am a newcomer and its not a problem really and some times its really exciting.
It feels really good and many times I can identify with the issues prevalent in the americas and the other parts of the world.

Also, since I have started venturing into the friday afternoon threads, I am laughing my guts out.

I have definitely started visiting the site everyday( unless I am too busy or something else) and have started posting more than one messages/posts per day at times.Sometimes I havve to stop myself from venturing too deep into the previous threads.It takes a lot of time.

Importantly since I am self employed( I work from home), I dont have a boss to worry about.

As has been said earlier by others, Cyburbia is surely a learning experience.

In fact I wanted to start a thread a few days back just to write what I have written in this post.

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)
I quite agree that so many responses are of a very high order of intellect and show a deep understanding of the planning issues and aspects. Also a clear mind and the ability to put it down in good language.
I am happy to note that the are extra curricular thread and subject also evince a lot of recations and activity. It shows that good planners indulge in variety and it makes them better actually. :)

IS this unique( the cyburbia thing) or the many forums which I am sure exist also have similar levels of interactions?
Somebody would know. Maybe Chet??
 
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