Deane Goes Offline

by john on April 17, 2003

Sorry to see Deane Barker go offline. I’ve been visiting his site for a couple of months and have enjoyed his writing and insight. I believe I saw the job posting that led to him shutting down and I thought it was pretty funny and would have thought the company posting it had a sense of humor, but apparently not. I think Deane may have overreacted but given his position I can understand why he might be sensitive to this.

This is one danger of embracing weblogs within the corporation – while most employees are pretty good about not sending out Career Limiting Move(CLM) material over global email, the weblog is a new frontier, and employees need to be especially cautious.


Anita Rowland April 19, 2003 at 11:25 am

Frustrating that what he posted was already removed from the job commentary site. was it really that bad?

jt April 19, 2003 at 3:29 pm

I don’t know if You, or anybody, knows Deane Barker personally.

The only shame I see of this whole thing is this: He learned a few lessons, in a short period of time, that almost all webloggers (posters to forums, etc.) can’t even GLIMPSE yet… What goes around ALREADY came around, but He would be a FAR BETTER writer, I’m sure, in the future.

Hate to see one-a the few who (at least in this case) has common-sense-wisdom go dark, because it’s SO RARE in Blogaria as it is…

(I was first-time-vistor today, but will optimistically bookmark the site, just in case.)

Deane Barker May 6, 2003 at 10:30 am

Thanks, everyone, for the kind words. What I did was stupid and it just made me nervous.

It all comes back to the fact that I was sticking a LOT of opinions out there and Google isn’t very forgetful. There are situations where you just can’t stick the toothpaste back in the tube. Once you publish, it just takes one person to save the file, screencap the page, or send it in an email and you may as well have tattooed that opinion to your forehead.

I do want to blog again, badly. My friends probably want me to as well because now I email them all the stuff I find. The tech/development stuff will be back under my company site at I’d like to do the personal/opinion stuff again too, but I’m still a little gun shy.

I’m glad you all enjoyed it. I appreciate the support.


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