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Old 09-01-10, 08:34 PM   #1
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Truth on Internet Forums

Do you expect people to tell the truth on internet forums?

Say you became friends with someone on a forum and you found out they weren't telling the truth online. Maybe they said they were unattached when they really had a SO, or they claim to have done races or rides when they really didn't.

Would it bother you or do you just chalk it up to the fact that people can be whoever they want to be on an internet forum?
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Old 09-01-10, 08:41 PM   #2
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"On the internet, nobody knows you are a dog"
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Old 09-01-10, 08:48 PM   #3
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I would not use the interwebs to date and under all the tom foolery and high jinx, I am who I am. I do not expect the same from anyone else.
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Old 09-01-10, 08:54 PM   #4
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I am a 6 ft billionaire with a really large feet, and a body of Adonis. Ladies I am single also!
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Since by definition, cyber-friendships are as 'arms-length' as you can get, I wouldn't sweat it, just eeeeaasse back from that person a bit, and put less weight behind anything they say. Doesn't affect me at all, as my cyber-life is pretty well compartmented from my daily life.

I don't front, i don't lie; I do say things I wouldn't otherwise say, because in a face-to-face, it could get ugly, and I don't need to go to jail.

Truth? It will filter out from amongst the crap, or it won't. Pinning even an ounce of YOUR life to it, though, is foolish.
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meh. I tend to tell the truth on an internet forum. after all who is going make up being mediocre. I expect some others to tell the truth from a similar reason, some to tell the truth when they can't think of an interesting lie and some to tell huge porkies all the time.

It wouldn't bother me too much, although depending on how badly they misrepresnted themselves, I wouldn't place too much reliance on their future posts.
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Old 09-01-10, 09:28 PM   #7
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Bother me? No. If I were entertaining any sort of relationship with said person, forget it. You can be pretty sure I'd ignore that person from the point I found out the truth. Character is important.

I don't lie on the interwebs, nor in person.
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So those weren't really photos of you in the Men of Foo thread?
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some people say things to have fun, that's fine... for some things. I doubt I'd get too involved in a friendship with someone who did that, and definitely not a relationship. Lying about relationship? red flag. Lying about bike races/rides on a bike forum? red flag.
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Personally I prefer David, although you might not like the idea of being a magnet on every woman's fridge.
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Old 09-01-10, 09:42 PM   #11
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So what do you do if you find out someone lied on a forum? Is it worth exposing their lies or do you just let them keep lying and ignore them?
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To me, it depends on the lie. rhetorical questions: Is someone else going to get hurt, possibly emotionally by it? or were they bragging about finishing that epic century in horrible conditions? you're the one with the info and you seem sensible. Go with your gut.
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Expose them! Or let it go. It depends on how much effort they're worth now that you found what the truth is.
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So those weren't really photos of you in the Men of Foo thread?
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Expose them! Or let it go. It depends on how much effort they're worth now that you found what the truth is.
This!
I do have high expectations of others so I tell the truth just as I expect it to be told. It always bothers me when others are not honest.
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I guess it depends on the nature of the lie and how much it harmed me or others. From my POV, if it harmed others on the forum, that would be grounds for a ban, for example, in an extreme enough situation. If there was a crime involved, fraud, etc, there would be other consequences.
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Does this mean chipcom isn't really a playboy model?
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I guess it depends on the nature of the lie and how much it harmed me or others. From my POV, if it harmed others on the forum, that would be grounds for a ban, for example, in an extreme enough situation. If there was a crime involved, fraud, etc, there would be other consequences.
I'd agree with this. It would depend on if anyone was going to be hurt by the lies and how much so.
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Does this mean chipcom isn't really a playboy model?
Wait, I thought he was in the Village People!
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So what do you do if you find out someone lied on a forum? Is it worth exposing their lies or do you just let them keep lying and ignore them?
Seriously though, I believe in being truthful in all of my dealings. Life is too short to make crap up to impress someone else. If someone lead me on, and I was emotionally invested, later to find out that it was all a lie? I'd probably try to wreck that persona. I'd expose him/her and try to make his/her life miserable enough that they have to find a new place to lie about themself.

And it wouldn't make a damn bit of difference to me in the long run, and likely I'd feel worse about the whole situation. I'd probably do it anyway.
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Lying about relationship? red flag. Lying about bike races/rides on a bike forum? red flag.
This. Lying is lying no matter what the communication medium is.
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Do you expect people to tell the truth on internet forums?
I guess it's a bit naive, but I do expect the truth.
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