I recently posted search terms that led people to my blog.
I didn’t mention that “Fetlife Sydney University” or some iteration of it was there a few times. I didn’t mention it because, well, it’s not funny, but I thought I would provide a community service announcement about it, to help those people out, so here it is.
Many people put some version of the following text on their Fetlife profiles:
WARNING: Sydney University – You do not have permission from me to use any of my profile or pictures in any form or forum both current and future. If you have or do, it will be considered a violation of my privacy and will be subject to legal action. (I suggest the rest of you post this notice)
Not only is it useless, it makes you look stupid. Stop it!!
Seriously, Sydney University doesn’t give a rats arse about you or your Fetlife profile, they are not collecting your information, and really, even if we imagine for one second that they ARE, how would you ever know? And if you DID find out somehow (how, people, how?!) that they are using your information in their dodgy research (truly, they aren’t), and you chose to sue them (thereby outing yourself and spending a ton of money on international lawyers), you can bet your arse that they have a lot more money than you do and would not hesitate to use it once they stopped laughing.
It’s utterly ridiculous. All of it.
I suggest the following alternative*:
ATTENTION: I am employed by Sydney University. It is my job to collect your profile information for our study. At break time we laugh at your impotent threats of legal action.
At Sydney University, we take what we want!
* Unapologetically copied from Jefff‘s profile on Fetlife, I’m sure if he finds out he will waste no time in suing me!