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Zip Ped
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Moderators,

Please let me know if there is a way I can restrict access to my own posts (on coderanch) so that they don't show up on search engines. These messages show up when I google my name.

 
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No way I'm afraid. It is useful to allow search engines to index posts - it makes the finding of answers all the more easy after all.
 
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Paul,

Thanks for your response. Well, I am sure the posts are helpful if they are technical in nature. Some of the posts which show up are from meaningless drivel. They are not what I would want someone like a recruiter or a professional/colleague to see. None of the posts have language which is offensive in nature. But that is still a meaningless drivel.

Maybe if I can delete my profile, perhaps that might help?

 
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There is no way to remove what's already been indexed by the search engines.
 
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There is no way to prove that this 'Kailash Thiyagarajan ' and you are the same person. If some one were to reject me because of the things I say in meaningless drivel, I certainly would not want to work there. At work, my lunch conversations are far worse than meaningless drivel. If your employer cant take a joke, they can take a hike.

What better example than the opinionated walrus in bear's clothing with 30k+ posts of which some are absolute meaningless gems ! mmm... I wonder how Bear would react if some one were to say 'Yeah your profile looks great. You wrote Front man and authored a couple of books. But you posted a picture in the 'picture association' thread that is against our company policy, so we cant hire you'. hehe
 
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Deepak Bala wrote:There is no way to prove that this 'Kailash Thiyagarajan ' and you are the same person.

An employer doesn't NEED to prove it. All they have to do is see it, assume it IS the same person, and never call you back. They don't even need to tell you why.

The important lesson to learn here is that NOTHING ever goes away on the internet. Don't post something you wouldn't want someone else to see and associate with your name.
 
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Thank you all, and I do appreciate your response.

Yes, it's true, you should not post something on the internet because it's available to the outside world - again that could be relative, I might post something which might seem OK to me but not to someone else. Taking that into consideration, shouldn't there be a way in Javaranch to delete a User's profile or the post? Even the index pages expire I believe.

I am sorry if I am being a headache to the moderators. I don't intend to. Unfortunately, I don't control my profile and I have to reach out to you.

 
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And if I may use my brownie points - I have been a good rancher for more than 3 years and donated in the past.
 
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And as life would have it, this post is now the 4th link on google search - my name.
 
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An employer doesn't NEED to prove it. All they have to do is see it, assume it IS the same person, and never call you back. They don't even need to tell you why


Yes ++ on that, but I still doubt if anything a person posts on meaningless drivel can be used to refuse a job offer. It sounds silly, but hey, the real world is silly.

Kailash, one thing you could do, if you are very worried about it, is to change your name. The name will update in all posts and google will re index the file in a few days, depending on its priority.
 
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Deepak Bala wrote:Kailash, one thing you could do, if you are very worried about it, is to change your name. The name will update in all posts and google will re index the file in a few days, depending on its priority.


Of course then he'd be in violation of the naming policy. There is nothing we can do to help here.
 
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Gregg Bolinger wrote:
Deepak Bala wrote:Kailash, one thing you could do, if you are very worried about it, is to change your name. The name will update in all posts and google will re index the file in a few days, depending on its priority.


Of course then he'd be in violation of the naming policy. There is nothing we can do to help here.


The naming policy just says 'Choose a valid first and last name' and the names can in fact be fictitious. I dont see any reason why the name cannot now be 'Todd Oliver' or something like that.
 
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Deepak Bala wrote:
Gregg Bolinger wrote:
Deepak Bala wrote:Kailash, one thing you could do, if you are very worried about it, is to change your name. The name will update in all posts and google will re index the file in a few days, depending on its priority.


Of course then he'd be in violation of the naming policy. There is nothing we can do to help here.


The naming policy just says 'Choose a valid first and last name' and the names can in fact be fictitious. I dont see any reason why the name cannot now be 'Todd Oliver' or something like that.


The reason it would be invalid is because we know it isn't his real name. Therefore it becomes obviously fictitious.
 
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The reason it would be invalid is because we know it isn't his real name. Therefore it becomes obviously fictitious.


Replying over this message kind of dilutes the purpose of this thread, but I ll do it anyway.

The reason the naming policy is in place is so we can have a focused discussion in our threads. So I still think it would benefit the OP if he changed his name to something that is different but still looks real. Most of JR will probably think it is his real name. Perhaps we should debate this some time. Whether the OP wants to change his name or not is left to him. He can add his views here if he thinks changing his name would be worth while.
 
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So every time a member fears black helicopters we should forget that we have a naming policy so they can try and get some sort of privacy on the public internet? I don't think so.
 
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Gregg Bolinger wrote:So every time a member fears black helicopters we should forget that we have a naming policy so they can try and get some sort of privacy on the public internet? I don't think so.


I doubt if it is that common and we do not have statistics to debate how many times these changes will occur and how it will affect a discussion. But like I said, lets see what the OP thinks, regardless of whether the name can change or not.
 
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Deepak Bala wrote:
Gregg Bolinger wrote:So every time a member fears black helicopters we should forget that we have a naming policy so they can try and get some sort of privacy on the public internet? I don't think so.


I doubt if it is that common and we do not have statistics to debate how many times these changes will occur and how it will affect a discussion. But like I said, lets see what the OP thinks, regardless of whether the name can change or not.


With all due respect, it doesn't matter what the OP thinks. Changing his name violates our naming policy.
 
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Guys,

Seems like a thread spiraling into an endless debate. I believe I can change full name to first name - initials and last name. That doesn't break Javaranch policies.

However, I would definitely suggest a profile access/restrictions on Javaranch.
 
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