Mods have recieved complaints about individuals who seek out personal details of members like phone numbers, places of work and residence etc. Then seek to use that information to embarass or otherwise harass people.
This is a VERY SERIOUS issue and could lead to disruptions in daily routines or even to PHYSICAL HARM. This is not an issue solely at ShiaChat.com but applies to ALL online activies. FEMALE MEMEBERS are specifically at risk from these individuals.
We urge members not to disclose their personal information in public, even if it is in a form of a question asked on a thread. There are a few general guidelines you can follow for your own safety:
- Do not use your real name
- Do not use your primary e-mail address
- Do not disclose any contact telephone numbers
- Do not disclose the location of your school, work, residence etc.
- Take any other precaution for your safety that you feel is necessary
And last but not least I'd like to add that if someone is harassing you on ShiaChat.com: Contact the Mod team and disclose as much detail of what has happened as you can. If someone does start harassing you remember that cybersatlking is a criminal offence in many areas. NEVER delete any communication from a stalker. Save all emails/chat logs/IMs/PMs or telephone messages. EDUCATE yourself on the need for online privacy and the disruptive effects it can have on your life if you choose to trust the wrong people.
Remember if such a person is abusing your information, he will not hesitate to abuse others. You could be helping to prevent such an incident.
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Edited by Ali_Imran, 16 February 2008 - 12:17 AM.