I've always said: Never put online anything you wouldn't want shouted from the rooftops. Don't post it publicly, don't post it behind a FLock, don't even post it privately. Because I can guarantee that anything, anywhere, that gets posted online, no matter how many privacy settings you put on it, is going to come out whether you like it or not.
Luckily for me I almost always follow that bit of advice.
Now, as it so happens, less than 1% of my posts are Flocked and looking back at my own archives I haven't FLocked or Privatized anything in months. On the rare (very, very rare) occasions that I do FLock something, it's usually for the following reasons:
- I've got something slightly wanky to say. I know it's wanky and that I might even possibly be in the wrong to get wanky about it. As a result, I FLock it because I don't want to be slammed with even more wank that points out that I'm being just a little bit of a shithead.
- I'm being slightly bitchy about real life stuff (this is less than .0001% of all posts, by the way) and need to vent in a safe space before my head explodes.
- I need to temporarily "store" something online that will eventually be a public post, but I have to do some formatting, linking, or additional research before I make it public. These Flocked/Privatized posts end up getting deleted when the public post is made.
So, imagine my surprise when I find out today that some very old semi-wanky fandom posts got "leaked." And by old posts, I'm talking more than a year old. This (apparently) has happened with more than one post in the fandom category.
At this point in time, I don't much care that the targets have found out the general gist of or the word-for-word contents of those posts. If shit gets kicked up in public because of it, there's going to be a whiff of "old news" about it so I'm not too fussed.
What gets me, however, is that someone on my FList (and probably not even someone who commented on those posts) decided to forward the contents of these posts (and possibly even comments made to these posts) to the parties in question.
Unfortunately, with a FList the size of mine, even when it's filted down to custom FLocks (as the posts in question invariably are), it's almost impossible to figure out who leaked them, what the motivation was, and who they actually leaked it to.
That said, please be aware of this when commenting on my (very, very) rare FLocked posts. I clearly have a mole somewhere (and doesn't that sound ominous).
As for the leaker, I find out who you are you're getting banned with no warning. Period and amen.
Again, I don't actually care at this point in time that the contents of some fandom posts have gone semi-public. What I care about is the fact you didn't respect the FLock or the reasons why those posts were FLocked.
This very, very unlocked post brought to you by someone who honestly doesn't have the patience or the time for this shit.