I get criticized a lot for hand-holding with this community. People think I should more often let users get doxed or harassed or ridiculed, but those things do not grow a community. A more aware userbase makes it harder to fuck with. When the people we talk about become frustrated, they will often lash out at members by "doxing" them, or pulling the real-identity information of the person to try and scare them. This is almost always a scare tactic, but real-life problems can arise -- especially if you're someone who does not work for themselves and is prone to saying stupid things. #1: Consider what every post you make would look like with your real name and picture next to it. Unless you're a fucking weirdo like me who knows nobody who would ever care about these things, the best advice you can get is: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of the cure. #2: Never use the same name twice. The most common mistake. The best way to deal with this, of course, is to not use the same username more than one place. Especially not here. If there's no way to link you back to a Facebook account or another place you might've used your real name, there's no threat. 90% of the time, this is how people fuck up. The forum ordinarily does not change names, but in the extraordinary circumstance where: 1) your username links to your identity, and 2) you have not already made a fool of yourself, make a thread in Talk To Staff and we may resolve this for you. #3: Be careful signing up to other communities. This is especially pertinent with communities in our Community Watch board that you are joining to fuck with. If you use your email address for personal accounts, they can and will use it to identify you. If your IP is residential, there is a possibility that they can call your ISP and try to find out who you are. ISPs are not supposed to give out dox, but telephone operators are less-than-savvy, poorly-paid human beings who can potentially oblige a charismatic caller. #4: Don't host images with account-based image sharing sites. - Image hosting sites that host albums frequently tag your username in the URL, giving people a way to trace it back. Photobucket is a massive fucking culprit of this. Do not ever host images posted here on Photobucket. Upload directly the site. - Never post an image from Facebook. It is 100% possible to take a Facebook URL and get your profile from use. Upload directly the site (but change the filename). #5: Don't make enemies if you don't want enemies. GL:HF. Post comments or tips in this thread.