What exactly does "Anyone" mean in the account settings? Alarmed about Google.

Does that mean "Anyone" in the Internets?
Or "Anyone" within the Atheist Nexus?

The reason I'm asking this is because I did a google search on myself and was alarmed to see 2 results that were from the atheistnexus on the first page.

I'm not afraid of being "Triple A" = Agnostic/Atheist/Apatheist. I am starting to come out of my shell and I'll let someone know if they ask (instead of mumbling it) but I'm not interested in having it broadcast. It's a private but not a secret choice. Sadly we still live in a world that isn't very secular and I joined atheistnexus as a safe haven to pop in once in a while. So yeah I'm not too keen on seeing this http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=corinna+anniroc&aq=f&aqi... Normally having Google results in the first page is cause for joy but not when you'd like to keep certain aspects of yourself private.

Is there a setting that I'm missing? Aware that "My profile page and friends can be viewed by... " Members feature but the rest just strictly say "Anyone" "Just my friends" and "Just me." I know Wordpress has a feature whether one wants their blog indexed by Google or not, hence controlling their privacy.

Hopefully this will be resolved because our privacy in this community can be at risk.

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Comment by Hendrix1977 on August 25, 2009 at 1:13pm
i think you can be okay about people knowing you're atheist/agnostic AND have a desire to keep certain parts of your personal information private at the same time. not mutually exclusive desires.

thanks for the info Corinna!
Comment by Jason Spicer on August 20, 2009 at 1:17am
I figure I need to stand up and be counted, so I'm OK with being public about my atheism. Still, there are some loonies out there. Fortunately, there are several other Jason Spicer's on the interwebz, so I've got some decoys.
Comment by Annie Roark on August 19, 2009 at 3:27pm
*Louis Davout
Have you ever watched the documentary, "Trekkies?"
There's a woman in the film where she dresses up in Star Trek uniform (Next Generation I think) and goes to work at the copy shop and went to jury duty too.
Comment by Louis Davout on August 19, 2009 at 3:23pm
I agree with Daniel Pio Apostata

For for virtually every site - sensitive or not - I never use my real name. And of course that is me in my picture. I wear that uniform everyday at work :)
Comment by Annie Roark on August 19, 2009 at 3:08pm
You know what, on second thought, I don't care if people know if they stumble into that information, why hide it right? If people, clients, and companies do not like me because I'm not in step with their world views and do not view my integrity as an individual, then that's not the company I'd like to keep in my life.
So screw it! lol.

"Corinna Anni Roc" actually IS my pseudonym, the palindrome of my name, lol. Sure my profile pic is consistently displayed all over the interwebs, but see above note, if people make a fuss and disown me or whatever - that's their friggin' problem.

Wonder how many members in A|N are aware of this privacy concern?
Because there will be others that really want their nontheism private.
Comment by Little Name Atheist on August 19, 2009 at 7:09am
"Anyone" does indeed mean anyone.

You might want to take a look at the Privacy and Anonymity group. Generally, if you don't want to be "out", its best not to use your actual name/photo on public sites. A|N is sited on a Ning platform in the Ning universe. There's only so much site administrators/moderators can do.

I don't know how effective it is to have the "Notify site update service" box unticked. I'll go ask in the Privacy group now.
Comment by Jason Spicer on August 19, 2009 at 2:21am
Hmm. Good point. Having your profile info be limited to viewing by A|N members only is at least a partial screen, but it would be nice if you could limit everything to members-only. I suspect this is a limitation of the underlying platform (Ning), but I don't really know. I suppose altering your username would add an additional layer of obfuscation--people could see your comments, but not necessarily tie them back to the real you.



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