Date: 2010-09-02 08:51 pm (UTC)
ext_35267: (Peaceful)
Some people do things like that because they are mean, or they just had a falling out with the poster, or they simply are not thinking of the effects it can have on the person. Where cutting and pasting someone's private information to a public forum is a deliberate act, cross-posting of comments makes it easy for genuine mistakes to happen.

Then, too, some people post publicly on their LJs, but they do so anonymously. A commenter can set their LJ account to automatically cross-post their comments; comments to public posts will be automatically cross-posted without the commenter needing to select checkboxes. A malicious mutual acquaintance can see the comment to a public post, follow the link to the public (but otherwise anonymous) LJ where the comment was made, and then figure out by reading through the public posts who that person is, thus blowing their cover.

One person commented against this new feature and used a domestic violence support community on LJ as an example. They decided to make the group posts public, so that other people who need support (but who may be too shy to join) can benefit from the stories and advice from the people in that community. Someone with their LJ account set to automatically cross-post their comments to their FB or Twitter feed can inadvertently lead an abuser right back to his victim, if they don't remember to un-select the check boxes before posting the comment.

There is just too much margin for error, and it can all be fixed by allowing the blog owner or community maintainer to choose to opt their blog/community out of the feature, rather than leaving that choice up to the individuals doing the commenting.
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