Monday, May 28, 2012
Conan the Librarian With an Early Thirsty on Being Outed.
The person in question had posted something and a commenter made an innocuous reference to the poster's pseudonymously-authored blog. I had grading to avoid so I found and read the blog. From beginning to end. It was a big pile of grading. S/he mentioned hir undergraduate institution, which was also mine. And said something that made it fairly easy for someone familiar with the region to narrow down hir geographic location. And a couple of things about the size and structure of hir department, the courses s/he teaches and hir research areas. And then, well, dammit Jim, I'm a librarian not a snowflake. I couldn't help myself. It was a reference question just begging to be answered. So I did. Since then I've been wrestling with whether to alert hir. It occurs to me that I could just ask the Misery.
So my question is: would you want to know that someone (albeit someone with obsessive-compulsive search skills, but someone) put together what you've said pseudonymously to figure out who you are? Or would you just find it annoying, or creepy?
If the person I've identified answers that s/he would want to know, I'll e-mail hir, from my real identity to hirs, and explain what tipped me off.