Wednesday, January 5, 2011


I received a request to remove a photo from Facebook today that contained personally identifying information. I removed it as quickly as I could, and reviewed other photos to ensure that no information was posted.

In total I had to remove 2 photos, which in turn deleted all the comments on the photos. These were not removed to discourage any discussion, and aside from one "test" banning of someone to see how a ban works, nothing else has been deleted from the page.

Both the blog and the FB page will continue to be an open forum for anything you wish to discuss, save for inflammatory, defamatory, threatening, or personally identifying information released without consent type posts.

I am very aware that I toe a very thin line with both the blog and the FB page. As the sole writer of the blog it is much easier to ensure that everything posted is privacy controlled. Not so with the FB page, as anyone who "likes" it may post as they please. Going forward, if you wish to post a screenshot, please ensure that all personally identifying information has been removed. If you are having issues with removing PII but want to share, feel free to email them to me and I will take care of the heavy lifting. Please understand that I am asking this simply because I wish to continue with both the blog and the FB page, and I don't want anything to endanger that. I appreciate your understanding.

I sincerely regret the error. I have always been a champion of privacy, and while I am sure that the post was not meant in any way to harm anyone (as a matter of fact the screenshot has been saved and will be reposted later with PII removed),  I still feel the need to publicly acknowledge the issue, address it going forward, and apologize wholeheartedly. Although I am not the only one posting to the FB page, as the admin, I take full and complete responsibility.

On a side note I would like to state that the email I received asking for removal was very polite. This could have gone a much differently, and more public, way and I am pleased that it did not. I'd like to thank that person publicly for the way the issue was addressed. Just because we disagree with each other regarding GS does not mean that we cannot communicate in a productive way, and this persons' actions proved that. So, thank you, anonymous emailer. You represent everything that is good about the fans of GS, and you are most appreciated.

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