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(general post, not directed at any one person in particular as I have encountered these problems with multiple people recently)

1)  If you make a post public (i.e. not locked or filtered in any way) you are essentially broadcasting whatever you're writing to the ENTIRE WORLD.  While livejournal *feels* like a diary, it's not.  It's a public message board and discussion forum for your personal life, and you should always keep your audience in mind.  That being said, posting about your life is perfectly acceptable.  Posting about someone else's life, on the other hand, is not, especially in a negative context.  (it took me a bit to learn this...I promise it's true, and will save you many headaches if you keep it in mind).

2) If you don't want someone to leave an opinion about what you write, turn off your comments section. Or make the post filtered or private.  Again, livejournal is NOT a diary.  It's a public forum and discussion board like any other, it's just more personal.  If you don't turn off your comments section and someone leaves their opinion, you have no right to get mad about it.  Those filter features are there for a reason.

3) If you feel the need to vent about something by writing about it, make your post private or at least be aware of who is capable of reading it.  When you post in livejournal it's the same as if you picked up the phone and called every single person who has access to it to tell them what's going on.  If you wouldn't call them, you probably should filter it.  And I doubt many people would call the whole world so be careful what you make public.  

4) It's flat out rude to bad mouth someone on here, regardless of how mad you are.  Again, if writing is a vent source for you, make the post private.  End of story.

 
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From:jenharts
Date:February 25th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
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If you make a post public (i.e. not locked or filtered in any way) you are essentially broadcasting whatever you're writing to the ENTIRE WORLD.

My rule of thumb for that is "Would I be OK with my mom, my boss, any future employer and all of my previous exes reading this?" If the answer is no, don't post it or at least lock it. :-)
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From:bewize
Date:February 25th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
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A very good rule, considering the number of employers who check for things like blogs for just that reason.

Also, one other suggestion - don't post anything that someone can use against you in a court of law. *lol*

It's amazing how quickly lawyers latch onto things like blogs and use them as evidence... I'm just saying. ;)
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From:mistervimes
Date:February 25th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
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This is why all of my murder threads are locked... um... oops?
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From:redrobben
Date:February 25th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
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I know where the bodies are buried.... I mean...

*insert halo over head*

LOL
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From:redrobben
Date:February 25th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
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Oh yeah. Especially in divorce cases where there's an instance of adultery...why people like to write about that stuff I don't know, but if you write it down it can be asked for later. Also, it always amuses me to see who broadcasts their illegal drug use across this thing. Just dumb.
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From:jenharts
Date:February 25th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Exactly. There's enough seriously whacky stuff out there that comes up when you google me, without adding even more to the pile. ;-) There's a reason why I'm listed as Jen H. on the SOLAR boards as well -- that used to be the first stuff that came up for me.

As for blogs/lawyers? You just have to look to all the MANY kids who've gotten busted for things they wrote on MySpace for examples of that. Ugh.
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From:ladylilo
Date:February 25th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
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I'm lucky in that I share my name with my grandmother and uncle (Anne Baker Leland Bridges and James Leland Bridges respectively) and when googled, their stuff pops up first. Anyone who wants dirt on me would have to spend ages sorting through reviews on my grandmother's books and Judge-stuff on my uncle.
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From:redrobben
Date:February 25th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
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Exactly.
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From:the_old_songs
Date:February 25th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)

um...

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I think that's actually awesome etiquette that can be applied not just to blogging, but also to like, being a person. You know like, keep private stuff private and don't broadcast bad stuff about yourself or other people and then be surprised when people talk about it. And that you should feel free to gossip about other people's life to 1. you mom, and 2. your spouse and 3. any friends you have overseas, but only if they don't know the people you're talking about. Because then it's like tv to them. Talking bad about people to people who know them is sort of shitty.
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From:redrobben
Date:February 26th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)

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Agreed. 100%
From:jerrett
Date:February 26th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
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#3.

The thought of you calling me up just to tell me the four principles of Livejournal etiquette is funny.

=)
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From:redrobben
Date:February 26th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
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:-P You knew what I meant.
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