danquayle wrote:How the heck can they identify posters? By stats alone?
I would guess they don't spend much time digging around to identify people, but in my case anyone who had read my application file then subsequently read my "choosing schools" thread would probably recognize me.
Here are some things that I've disclosed earlier in the thread which make me easy to identify:
a. I don't have an undergraduate GPA.
b. I have 9 years work experience.
c. I shared the award adjustment history.
d. I noted my application date and decision dates, which were atypical.
Any of those things alone might be enough for identification, but taken together there is really no uncertainty about which file is mine. I believe in transparency and I am comfortable being open with information about my law school application process. The more information decision-makers have, the better.
Since you asked about methods of identifying posters, you should be aware that there are more potential identifiers than simply stats alone. Dates, locations, undergraduate institutions, and award amounts are some other examples of identifying information that people routinely share here. For example, your TLS member profile currently notes the school you attend and the specific field of study.