Hey everyone, we've updated our Submission page a bit, so make sure to pop on over and check out the newest request we're making for submissions.
Freddy and I talked it over, and we both agreed that there seems to be an influx of stories in the submission's inbox of stories that have a little too much personal information that would potentially allow people to identify you as a submitter.
So we're reminding everyone who submits a story to make sure that personal details or off topic subject matters are kept out of your stories. An example would be things like health information about you or your family. Another example would be submitting several stories to us, while letting slip that you live in [insert state here], suffer from [insert mental disorder here] or [insert physical disorder here], work in [insert business here] in the [insert county here] over the course of your posts. It doesn't take much sleuthing to discover who you might really be by narrowing down the prospects, using just a little determination. In short, please do your part to protect your identity on the internet.
Please don't feel like we're picking on individuals, as I admit, I too am guilty of giving out more information than is necessary about my own mother's health issues. While she doesn't mind this, the information I am giving out could potentially identify me to an employer. Many companies threaten disciplinary action or termination should employees have loose lips (or loose keyboard fingers) on social media sites or the internet.
In order to help us out, think about how you could mention something that may be relevant, but give less information about it. To use my own TMI as an example, instead of:
"My mom has a number of health issues stemming from a car accident over a decade ago, mostly involving her spine. She's had three surgeries: one for a herniated disk, one to remove a bone spur jabbing into her sciatic nerve and one to fuse vertebrae in her neck. As such, the walking required to handle daily chores is not exactly the high point in her life. However, the doctors say she needs to walk to retain mobility and re-build her stamina."
I could have written:
"My mom has a number of health issues that hinder her ability to get daily chores done. As such, walking isn't exactly the high point in her day, even though it's necessary."
I know this makes my story shorter and leaves out a lot of details, but the fact of the matter is those details aren't really that important. I still can get my point across in relation to the story; namely that Meth Bitch was a threat to Mom's safety and could have done a lot of damage if things had gotten out of control.
We understand that it is incredibly easy to share things, especially since the RHU community is supportive of our beloved members. However, this site is dedicated to giving everyone a voice while still protecting our members' privacy. While some of you admit in your stories that you don't care if a previous job could potentially identify you, we feel it's best to simply not publish information that's too specific.
We do read your stories before we post them, and we may edit some parts out if we feel that they reveal too much information. We're just asking you to think carefully and help us out. The fewer stories we have to edit, the more time we have to get your stories posted!
May all your customers be nice,