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(Daily Mail)   New website allows users to send anonymous comments of feedback to their bosses without fear of retribution. What could possibly go wrong?   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 23
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2012-08-04 03:49:42 PM
Why not just use a throw away email address? At least then you don't have to pay some dick to maybe protect your privacy.
 
2012-08-04 03:59:10 PM
I think I'd rather use this to hit on the cute girls over in marketing... ;)
 
2012-08-04 04:16:57 PM
if a manager flags a comment, the writer's identity - pending review by the website administers - can be revealed

Sounds like another Pets.com to me.
 
2012-08-04 04:52:14 PM

Marcus Aurelius: if a manager flags a comment, the writer's identity - pending review by the website administers - can be revealed

Sounds like another Pets.com to me.


No Pets.com actually had a product people might want.

/last year had our senior management send "anonymous" feedback forms on our managers.
//required you to use your windows log in information to access the form "for security reason"
///they actually complained nobody was using their "anonymous" feedback survey.
 
2012-08-04 04:54:29 PM
i think the site could do well, but only if users can trust the site to keep their identity secret. its all about trust. who wouldn't want to tell their boss something that would be risky in person or if they knew who sent the email.

if the boss comes in and drops a giant turd on your desk, then he probably found out who sent the email.
 
2012-08-04 04:55:26 PM

brandent: Marcus Aurelius: if a manager flags a comment, the writer's identity - pending review by the website administers - can be revealed

Sounds like another Pets.com to me.

No Pets.com actually had a product people might want.

/last year had our senior management send "anonymous" feedback forms on our managers.
//required you to use your windows log in information to access the form "for security reason"
///they actually complained nobody was using their "anonymous" feedback survey.



lol

they wanted to find out how many smucks would trust them. and then fire them.
 
2012-08-04 04:58:38 PM
IN THIS ECONOMY?!
 
2012-08-04 05:12:51 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-04 05:17:41 PM
I already got one. Someone was angry at me for 'what I was doing the other day'.

It gets creepier:

But I'm angrier at myself that I can't go for as long as you did. It's like you were teasing me, taunting. But maybe we can make it better. Maybe I could... help you. No one needs to know, and we don't ever need to speak of it. If you like it, perhaps we could make it a weekly thing.

What the heck?
 
2012-08-04 05:19:40 PM

Saberus Terras: I already got one. Someone was angry at me for 'what I was doing the other day'.

It gets creepier:

But I'm angrier at myself that I can't go for as long as you did. It's like you were teasing me, taunting. But maybe we can make it better. Maybe I could... help you. No one needs to know, and we don't ever need to speak of it. If you like it, perhaps we could make it a weekly thing.

What the heck?


Sounds like it's time to adopt a shallower stance when you drop off the kids at the pool.
 
2012-08-04 05:22:04 PM

Saberus Terras: I already got one. Someone was angry at me for 'what I was doing the other day'.

It gets creepier:

But I'm angrier at myself that I can't go for as long as you did. It's like you were teasing me, taunting. But maybe we can make it better. Maybe I could... help you. No one needs to know, and we don't ever need to speak of it. If you like it, perhaps we could make it a weekly thing.

What the heck?


That'll teach you to have anal sex in the breakroom.
 
2012-08-04 05:44:31 PM
It's unclear. Can you send a comment to about a boss you don't have, like the head of customer service at say, Best Buy, AT&T, or any of a hundred other joints?

That could get very creepy, especially with specifics that are completely made up.
 
2012-08-04 05:57:18 PM
Yeah, my boss is over like, 9 people tops. And we all have distinctive personalities and writing styles. It would take him 3.7 seconds to figure out who wrote anything about him. Not gonna happen.
 
2012-08-04 06:02:31 PM
'Your password is secured using a combination of Bcrypt and HMAC with SHA-512, which is considered by many to be "best practices" for web applications, and your messages are securely stored in our database,' the website states.

Why? Why are they stored in your database?
 
2012-08-04 06:52:10 PM
slapclap.com

/or $20 a month
 
2012-08-04 06:56:24 PM
Never work. People have distinct writing styles that are very difficult to hide. I've tagged alts, anonymous peer reviewers and other supposedly anonymous people just by recognising their writing styles. If your boss knows anything about you, especially if you're discontented, your cover is blown.
 
2012-08-04 07:05:59 PM

SecretAgentWoman: Yeah, my boss is over like, 9 people tops. And we all have distinctive personalities and writing styles. It would take him 3.7 seconds to figure out who wrote anything about him. Not gonna happen.


We've got something like 50 people, I think (I don't actually know), but I'm sure I'm among the more literate, and I'd have a very hard time to disguising myself. They'd figure out quickly it was me. But they also wouldn't care. - "Oh, look, it's Ms. Smartypants whinging about the software again. Just ignore her."
 
2012-08-04 07:11:49 PM

Mentat: Never work. People have distinct writing styles that are very difficult to hide. I've tagged alts, anonymous peer reviewers and other supposedly anonymous people just by recognising their writing styles. If your boss knows anything about you, especially if you're discontented, your cover is blown.


For very short lengths of time, I can 'force' a different writing style. But eventually my 'tells' will work their way back in.

When I really want to throw someone off, I have a confidant that's uninvolved to paraphrase a rant or two for me, then copy-paste.

Maybe I should do that to out my stalker that I seem to have.
 
2012-08-04 07:44:27 PM
'We will do our best to protect your anonymity ... providing you do not use our service to threaten or insult the people you communicate with through our website'

Well, hell, what's the point then?
 
2012-08-04 08:01:53 PM
i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-08-04 09:39:13 PM
Should be great when people start sending anonymous mails in someone else's writing style. I can think of one of our workers who loves ellipses and the word "like" who would be pretty easy to spoof.

"its just...like you arent listening...if you listened more i could do a better job...i also want a raise...like 10000 at least"
 
2012-08-05 01:39:08 AM
Call me a Luddite but I prefer the tried and true method of taking a dump in the boss' desk drawer. He only knows for sure it's not the person from accounting with the peanut allergy.
 
2012-08-05 02:02:38 AM
People are stupid and will get caught referencing specific things that the boss has done specifically to them.

About the only use for this that would be...(and still spoiled by writing styles as mentioned above) would be something about what the boss does, say, during a full staff meeting. "Don't pick your nose while telling us all to clean our desks for company image.."

The site won't see a lot of repeat customers except maybe from workplaces with a LOT of people.

/almost made my grizzled man's man boss cry with an anonymous email
//he was complaining in a shop-wide email that there was entirely too much complaining among the workers
///nice guy, but shiat ass management skills

I didn't have to hit reply-all, but damn if people don't just shrug off a private critique.
 
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