[X-Newbies] our list can be viewed on the internet

Michael Winter winter at mac.com
Fri Dec 19 17:12:30 PST 2008

On Dec 19, 2008, at 4:34 PM, Carole Wessel wrote:

> it gives all kinds of info on people's personal computer and  
> questions they may have, I am not sure this should be public !!!
> How do we do to take it out and also how did it happen to get there ??

That's the list archive -its there so people can search it to see if  
the question they have has already been answered. Most discussion  
lists keep their archives online for that purpose.

So, the first thing to understand is that discussion lists are public.  
Don't assume anything you post to the list is private, because its  
not. That goes for pretty much any discussion list on the internet  
unless it specifically mentions that its a private list.

If you're worried about privacy, you can do what millions of internet  
users do -sign up for a free email account (yahoo, google, hotmail...)  
and use an alias in your postings. You could say your name is George  
or goode2shoes302 and nobody would know. You'll sometimes hear people  
refer to them as "throw-away" accounts. They are accounts you can  
simply abandon if you get too much spam or unwanted attention.

If you need help setting up a free email account, just let us know.  
Other people on the list may know of other options. Just remember that  
anything you send to the list is public, not private.


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