Forum Guidelines for Oracle Consultants
Note: In addition to these guidelines, make sure
to review our Dress Code,
The Internet has become a very dangerous place
today with huge issues relating to verifiable identity. This
anonymity issue is the most prevalent in the area of Oracle forums,
message boards and chat rooms where participants impersonate others
and hurl profanity with free abandon. See my article
Evaluating the credibility of
Oracle information for details.
Robert Freeman notes
in his blog titled "Evil
There are evil people in the world. I
firmly believe this, and it's evidenced every day. You will
notice on my blog that one of these evil people has appeared.
How can we tell this person is evil?
1. The posts were anonymous.
2. The posts were unkind and out of context.
3. The posts were presumptuous, at best.
Mike Ault also notes:
Others seem to enjoy laying about with
wild abandon when someone is mistaken, falling all over each
other like the spider creatures eating their wounded in the
remake of "Lost In Space".
They seem to enjoy laying scorn and
abuse on others. This behavior is counter productive and leads
to outright fear on the part of many neophytes about writing
papers, posting answers or helping anyone anywhere online.
Many large corporations prohibit employees from participating in
forums and chat rooms because of the potential liability exposures
from web criminals.
Consultants working for Burleson Consulting are warned not to
participate in any forum, message board or blog where participants
are not positively identifiable via an affirmative check such as a
credit card (Amazon real-person) a CSI number (MOSC) or our DBA
forum (where our moderator can quickly control criminal and
defamatory acts). Many
continue to operate your own blogs and carefully
monitor comments and promptly remove any comments that are negative
Recent problems with identity theft and biased moderators have led
to a situation where anonymous criminals might publish serious
Anonymous people have accused our
consultants and authors of criminal plagiarism
and theft of intellectual property.
Our authors have been falsely accused of dishonesty and
fabrication because they are required to obfuscate performance
evidence from clients.
Criminals have taken to identity theft, impersonating authors and
In a recent criminal case we have worked with the FBI to obtain
subpoenas to track IP addresses, but we are often met with dead-ends
where the malicious crook was using open relays or unsecured
wireless networks. In another case, the offender was found to be
judgment proof (poor), and the threat of civil damages would not
stop their egregious behavior.
To reduce the exposure from these acts we have suggested that all
Internet-based interaction take place within a controlled
environment where participants can be positively identified. Because
many web criminals will register for these message boards using
anonymous hotmail accounts and connect to the web via an open-relay,
we cannot allow participation in these forums. Examples on
non-verified ID forums include the
DBAZine blogs and comment areas, the asktom web site and the Usenet