Re: Names on the Internet/Computers
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sat, 16 Nov 1996 10:22:46 -0500
On Fri, 15 Nov 1996, Rosemary & Joan Smith wrote:
> It was mentioned that you can find the names of youth in
> newspapers. Guides Canada has had experience with this causing problems
> and now requires permission for pictures.
> Without a signed permission slip, now part of the registration
> form, a picture cannot be taken of a girl and used for publisity. We
> actually have to watch pictures that are just taken for fun and then
> used. Every person has to be identified first.
This point reminds me of something that happened to me YEARS before
persconal computers were anything in their current popularity. I had
something I thought might be of interest to others doing their family
genealogy; I offered to check it, free except for an SASE and copy costs,
and put this notice with my snail address in a (relatively) small
circulation genealogical magazine.
I was absolutely stunned by the response that 1 column-inch created: in
addition to the expected queries for the information, I also got
religious tracts from nearly a hundred different places, real estate
flyers from every state in the union, recipe-club flyers, membership info
in an enormous variety of non-genealogy-related clubs and associations
(some wonderfully inappropriate, BTW), subscription info from dozens of
magazines. My tip that year to my mail carrier was impressive, I promise
This personal experience with "Unintended Consequences" has made me
leery of accidentally triggering a repeat. Especially in an environment
such as the 'net the possible "circulation" of which is probably 1000
times that of that magazine.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City