xmbeckham wrote: selden wrote:
PM if interested in the details.
Just so you know, you still gave enough info for Harvard to identify you. Since you made a comment about hiding details, maybe you want to edit that post? Unless you don't care, in which case, sorry!
Sorry, kind of new here. Could you explain? What are the bad outcomes if they identify me
This is an excellent question. Common wisdom is that at least some AdCom people read TLS at least occasionally (wouldn't you?). The concern is that they might see a less flattering side of you here. As an obvious example, if you go on a Mel Gibson meets Alec Baldwin style rant about the Jews, N-words, and fa**ots at Harvard and they can identify you, that will not bode well for your app. Obviously you're not going to say something like that, but something more innocuous might rub them the wrong way. What if you say "I interviewed with John Smith and I feel like we didn't really click and he missed a few things I said." Who knows how John Smith would take that if he comes on here?
Will posting your stats or how your interview went jeopardize your app? Maybe, maybe not. People have reported being "outed" by an AdCom in the past (IIR someone got scolded by a school for posting information about their aid package or something and the school tried to rescind their offer). I suspect most TLSers don't want to take that kind of chance even if it's remote. After all, when you submit an app it's a carefully constructed view of you in the best possible light; why give them the chance to see you "at ease" on TLS?
As for your specific post, each interviewer one person at a time, so if you post "I just interviewed with John Smith" at 5:30 PM it makes you easy to identify. I don't think anyone is saying your post was particularly dumb or anything, just giving you a friendly heads-up that if you care about your TLS anonymity your post may have been a bit too specific.
HTH, and other TLSers feel free to chime in if you think I'm off base.
ETA thought I should clarify. Even if your one post is perfectly fine but identifies you, they can use that to ferret out your identity for a post they don't like. E.g. if you post "May name is Bob Dole, my social is 345-21-0098 and I love Harvard more than anything" today and then tomorrow you post something they don't like tomorrow, it's easy to put the two posts together.