I have an anonymous twitter account I use for ranting about politics and bad jokes about basketball. It's not particularly offensive, but not very professional. I'm job hunting, so I just googled my first + last name for the first time in a while and it came up in the first page of results. 1. Why did this happen? 2. Can I make it stop? (Outside of just locking my account, which is a pain) [more inside]
I'm in my early 30s and graduated in 2008. As a result, I feel like I've never had a career and am starting to panic about the future. Can I ever pull it all together? [more inside]
How can I exchange emails with the police while remaining anonymous? [more inside]
I have been looking online for a specific service and came across a company that I had utilized 3 years before. All of the reviews were 5 stars. If I want to leave a review (not a good review) I need to log in to the googles. Is there any chance of blowback for me? [more inside]
A friend from work (Rachel) disclosed to one of her close friends (Monica) that someone on her team (Phoebe) had expressed suicidal ideation that was becoming seriously concerning. Monica works at another location, so Rachel talked with Monica in order to get advice on how to report her concern while remaining anonymous, avoiding blowback, and keeping the trust of her team-mate. Instead, Monica immediately reported her concern to the regional manger, Phoebe was immediately suspended and told Rachel reported her. Blowback has ensued. How does my friend deal with this perceived lack of professionalism? [more inside]
A friend of mine is receiving anonymous threatening voicemails from a blocked number. The caller knows her name and address. She immediately called the police; they basically brushed it off and said she could give them her info if she came into the office. She doesn't know what to do. [more inside]
My husband and I live in New England and we want to move to a warmer location. We are in the brainstorming stage. We'd love to hear of places that tick our boxes. [more inside]
Best, cheapest way to send money electronically under a pseudonym? I want to use a company name but don't have a company bank account and I'm struggling to get PayPal to allow this. [more inside]
What is a chat/IM program, that doesn't require giving away personal details, such as either your google ID or your phone number, to the other party? Cross-platform (including Windows PC), like Viber, but I understand that program requires sharing phone numbers. So I want to live chat to someone, sometimes on android phone, sometimes on iPad, or iPhone, or Windows PC, and we have each others email addresses, but no more than that.
There was a recent thread on the green about what happens when people are arrested, And then I saw the 22 March 2015 episode of John Oliver's Last Week Tonight that discussed how people get screwed over with municipal fines. How can I help to Shut Down The Fuck Barrel? [more inside]
Circa 2010 I saw a video of a talk on dangers of twitter and hacktivism. The man giving this presentation gave an example of a tweet that angered hacktivists. One of them doxxed the twitter user and found out his/her address. A flash mob of angry people showed up at the doorstep. But the wrong address had been used. Then someone died (the homeowner? someone in the crowd? I can't recall.) [more inside]
I find myself unable to be fully candid speaking in person with therapists and wonder if I might do better corresponding with a therapist online by e-mail or chat or something. Does this exist? Would you recommend it? Is there a better idea? [more inside]
To be honest, I don't want to do any family/friends crowd-funding. I'm more interested in offering a design/art service--like "your name written in calligraphy" or "an ink drawing of your face"-- for a price that will be donated to charity. But how does one go about such a campaign and what are the best venues for such an endeavor? [more inside]
An acquaintance died suddenly. All of their possessions were willed to their SO, who is currently incarcerated. How to proceed? [more inside]
Mr. Anonymous and I are going to tie the knot. Hooray! Ring has been purchased, plans are being quietly made, and basically I'm all sorts of excited and over the moon. But there are some timing questions. Flurries inside. [more inside]
Can one register a .hk domain name and still remain anonymous? Or are there services that can provide WHOIS protection for .hk domain names?
With little experience in bitcoins, I'm strongly convinced that any single person doing business with you can (with some work) figure out your potential wealth in bitcoin currency. Is this really the case? [more inside]
Since mid September I've been receiving vintage postcards in the mail from an anonymous person. [more inside]
What are some instances where people got caught praising a business that they worked for or a Scott Adams-like fiasco where the person being praised turned out to be the person posting? [more inside]
I'm planning a workshop for my colleagues with various exercises. In one exercise, each person will have a stack of index cards. We will focus on a person in the group, everyone will write that person's strengths/weaknesses on one of their index cards, move to the next person, repeat. How can this process be anonymized as much as possible? I'd like people to feel comfortable and be completely honest. Their handwriting, unfortunately, will ruin anonymity. Also, I'd rather not involve technologies like computers.
Atheist and alcoholic I need to seek support from AA. Please interpret aspects of the higher power stuff in a way that is not cognitively dissonancing for someone who has no belief in a deity. I know there are other options for "rational" alcoholics but my circumstances and location make AA the best option. Feel free to include scripts and behaviours for me to respectfully avoid participating in group prayer (and hand holding - im really uncomfortable with touching strangers) without drawing excessive notice to myself. I am in Australia which is not overtly religious but the two AA meetings I have been to previously (and will be attending) included a prayer, and people who explicitly said they were not religious but recommended the higher power as crucial in their sobriety.
How would you build a website where people can have an anonymous Q&A discussion with you? [more inside]
I'm handling the image permissions process for an academic text that will be published with a major university press early next year, and this is one of the images that the author really wants to include. She originally found it on Facebook when a contact of hers posted it on their wall. I predictably haven't had any luck sourcing it via a reverse image search – the only relevant link that Google returned was to this Twitter account. My previous image licensing expertise has all involved credited photographers and artists, so this intersection with the intentionally anonymous politics of Anonymous has left me scratching my head. How and where would I go to extend my search for a high-res "original", and if obtainable, how would we go about clearing it for publication? Thanks in advance for your help!
Do any academic institutions allow uncredited blog posts? [more inside]
Can I draw names from a hat online, have each submission be unknown to the other participants in the drawing, and have the selection be emailed to all participants? [more inside]
I would like to start a blog to write about topics which I do not want to be traced back to me personally. Is it possible to do this, and what would be the most effective way of protecting my identity and more importantly my family's identity? [more inside]
A man in my neighborhood is selling drugs, and from what I can tell its something hard. I want to report this anonymously to the police. I'm afraid of retribution if he or any of his associates find out about this. I'm confident I've identified him on Facebook. What materials should I include with my report? How likely is it to be followed up on?
What is the best way to keep your web usage on a network hidden from anyone who might be snooping packet traffic? [more inside]
Looking for a website that lets me do this: For a set group of people, each submits a message. You can see who's sent a message, but not what the contents of the message are. When everyone's submitted a message, all the messages are revealed. This is for an online Magic: the Gathering tournament - we're having everyone submit an entry before anyone sees what anyone else submitted.
WTH? Message in a bottle, secret admirer, or random gibberish? A friend's mom took her car to the shop (SW US) and left a whiteboard (which she uses to communicate) inside. After she picked the car up she noticed the following written on it. Any ideas as to what language it is or what it says? Thanks in advance. Mysterious message here
What's up with 774-8283? This appears to be a spoofed phone number calling to harass people at random. How are they doing this, and what can be done about it? Question about American phone calls, probably won't apply internationally. [more inside]
I went to my first ever 12-step anonymous help group meeting. (For the moment, I won't say which, it's irrelevant.) I had a few questions I'm hoping those with experience can help me with. [more inside]
YANML, but can I still remain anonymous while seeking Copyright permission from my sources? [more inside]
India is using all kinds of laws to control anti corruption protests. Recently a group bloggers asked me to write an how-to on safe and anonymous blogging. I wrote a detailed how-to about the same. But it may not be complete. Do you think anything else that I need to suggest?
How have you (or have you not) reconciled your feminism with an unexpected and expanding sense of submission, which is not limited to the merely or nearly sexual? [more inside]
Does anyone remember a group survey print-off designed to be left out to anonymously collect opinion? It was a graphic design/sociology piece, and it made the blog rounds a couple years ago... [more inside]
Why is my full name still attached to a Blogger post when all obvious traces of my name have been deleted?
My last name got attached to a blog post. I asked my friend to delete it. She did, but the blog post still shows up in Google with my full name attached. What is going on? [more inside]
unknown texter who knows my name? [more inside]
How can I give money to Elizabeth Warren's campaign without it causing my unusual name to be plastered all over the internet? [more inside]
Can you help me find currently-active anonymous or pseudonymous bloggers? Niche is fine (e.g. mommybloggers, warbloggers, foodbloggers), but more popular/well-known is better. [more inside]
Is there a way to Anonymize various excel columns to protect privacy during a presentation? [more inside]
HistoryFilter: Help my friend figure out which famous pre-1800s, European historical figure this riddle refers to. [more inside]
Looking for a simple arrangement for tenants in my building to communicate w/ each other, and to the Owner as well, anonymously, if they wish. We need to address some issues. Users would need to have the ability to post w/out revealing their id's; and Owner can view, or the posts could be sent to him. Is there something I could set up, anonymously, and let loose?
How anonymous is my anonymous gmail account? [more inside]
Can I be sued for defamation if, in an anonymous comment, I specify that "...maybe I'm making this up," and post a reply underneath explicitly stating that the comments were not to be taken literally? [more inside]
I'm having a bit of a mild midlife crisis, if my age could be considered "midlife". I think writing via a blog (which I don't care if anyone other than me ever sees or not) might help me work through things. What's the best way to do so "anonymously"? [more inside]
Catch-22: lawyer won't take NYC cyber libel case without knowing identity of the person libeling me; university where the libelous IPs are coming from won't give up the person's identity without a court order [more inside]
Would you ever send someone an anonymous gift - particularly if you haven't had a good relationship with them? [more inside]
Is it possible to set up a completely open, transparent system wherein a trusted seller could make illegal trades with a multitude of buyers, leaving the police completely aware but unable to do anything. (Completely hypothetical of course, but I am very interested) [more inside]
Are my security/safety precautions for my secret-ish blog reasonable? [more inside]