This is a crazy environment, this Internet, but let’s not get too crazy, ‘k?
I was gazing in amazement at the current Web Too land grab on proper names, noticing how many dozens of “companies” are now optimizing their pages for their users’ proper names, when I came across this post by someone named John Andrews, a mechanical Engineer:
JohnAndrews’s Member Profile: I’ve been a member since Jan 6, 2006, and have logged in 445 times. I last logged in on Fri, Apr 20, 2007 You can click on the table below to visit the forums that I participate in. Please consider joining Eng-Tips Forums. As a member, you will be able to talk with other members, be notified of responses to your posts, and use keyword search.
I added the bold part. You know, the part where it seems to be a recommendation from me that you sign up.
This is obviously a computer-generated profile, but it actually speaks in the first person. And, it makes a recommendation that you sign up with the forum. How crass is that? I don’t know the details of that forum’s terms of service (the profile’s not mine; I’m a biomedical Engineer, not a mechanical Engineer), but I want to say to the forum owner, “dude, it’s okay to stuff your empty profiles, but stay away from impersonation, okay? Show some class!“