Here's a Cyber-Chump update, found on Dejanews (in the alt.writing
forum, titled "Announce: On-line survey," beginning 11/10/98):
Kimberley Brown [email@example.com] posted:
My name is Kimberley Brown, I'm a freelance writer. I'm doing some
research and conducting an on-line study which will ultimately result in
an article geared towards a well-known parenting magazine.
The question: If you are the parent of a preschool child, how did you
approach the issue of training your child to achieve dry nights? No
pull-up or diaper anymore. What did you do, did you have a plan,
Please provide your full name, child's name and age, and e-mail
address. Please reply to:
Kimberley Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your co-operation, and for your response.
Ronson Dalby [email@example.com] responded:
> Please provide your full name, child's name and age,
> and e-mail address. Please reply to:
Are you kidding?
Pbutler111 [firstname.lastname@example.org] added:
That's exactly what I was going to ask. And while you're at it, why not
throw in your social security number, phone number, and checking account
number? And hey—if you have any naked photos of those kids laying
around. . .
And Alf Yngve [email@example.com] added:
In his recent novel SAFE HOUSE, Andrew Vachss makes a passing
comment about "cyber-chumps" who take everything on the "Sacred Net" as
gospel truth. The rules on the Net are, in fact, the same as in real
life — if a total stranger comes and starts asking you intimate
questions, he's not to be trusted. (There's a tried and tested
response, too: "If you're not away in five seconds, I'll call for a
Funny how people tend to forget that...