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Skype Usernames, Why we shouldn't give them out.

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avatar Skullduggerycain
Level 33 : Artisan Geek
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Introduction.

Hey guys, it's me again. I kept my promise! I wrote something else within the space of 2 months! Anyway, tonight I'm going to be talking about a subject which unfortunately, we're all too familiar with. It's all happened to us. We've been playing on some server, big or small, survival, creative, minigame, etc. It doesn't matter, but at some point, someone must have come up to you and said; "<your name here> skype?" this is kinda one of those situations that creates multiple realities. One reality where you give this complete stranger your skype, and a secondary, where you don't. Unfortunately, there's a lot of ignorance about this issue, and that honestly just apalls me, because some people make the decision to say yes, without even looking at the person's skype profile to see if they can trust them or not.. In this blog, I'll talk about why you should just say no, as well as the consequences.

So why shouldn't we give out our skype names?

God, you would not believe how many times I've heard that question. The thing is, unless you know the person, you can't exactly be sure that this is someone you want to be able to contact you and see your face and hear your voice whenever the heck hey want! (Thanks Windows 8 skype...). Anyway, I'm well aware that not absolutely everyone is a pedobear who wants to murder you, and your children, and your dog, cat, and possibly pet crocodile, but it's still wise to just play it safe! I mean, do you honestly want to be talking to someone who's probably some 14 year old boy who wants to see if you're a girl? The thing is, pretty much every story about someone being stalked or abused is in one way or another related to skype, or some other method of communication. However, most of them are skype. The thing is, we just have to use common sense.

So, Skype is satan in his purest form, right?

This may or may not be what's running through your head right now. The thing is, thats not exactly true. Skype is actually one of the best things humanity has produced, it's how I've stayed in touch with my old schoolmates when they moved to other areas. (I live in a region with lots of military families). Lots of game teams use it to provide commentary, and play co-ops and talk to each other. Skype can be a way for online friendships to grow stronger, since you'll be talking to them face to face. Well, not really face to face, but like, you know what I mean. There are also lots of precautionary and privacy settings and steps people can use with skype. For example, you can look at a person's profile and decide whether you can trust them or not before adding them. My problem is that some people just choose not to take advantage of these wonderful features, and that's where stalking and abuse can find their roots. In no way am I trying to say skype is evil, but some people can make this wonderful tool into a bad thing.

What steps can we take to ensure personal security?

Honestly, with a tool such as skype, it's pretty straightforward, so I'll give you a few pointers.
 
  • If you get a skype call from someone who you don't know, it may be wise to check out their profile. It's unlikely that they're a stalker, but it's always wise to make sure it's someone you feel comfortable talking to.

  • When giving out your skype name, always make sure that you're around people that you can trust. While you have to accept anyone who wants to call you or be your friend, you don't want to be bombarded by skype calls from Creepy Joe Pasta living in KansaskaNebransas.
  • Always be civil. While it may seem unimportant, you always want to remain polite to someone if you decide not to accept a skype invitation. Something along the lines of "<Insert Name Here>, No thank you. But I appreciate the offer." will always be fine.
So, everything sound good? Good! Now that you know how to keep yourself safe with skype, I feel happy.

Conclusion.

So, this was a pretty short blog. But I hope I got my point across. I've tried to look at both the pros and cons of the situation, and tried to remain respectful. Keep in mind that no, I'm not trying to hate on skype, so please refrain from posting rude comments. Skype is a great tool, but something to be used with common sense. Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed reading this blog. Maybe now you're more educated, maybe you're not. But as always, a diamond and/or a subscription are appreciated greatly. Thank you all for reading, and I'll see you next time.
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03/06/2014 8:48 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Pokemon
Chellizard
There are options on skype to keep all of your personal information hidden from people; and some people make alternate skype accounts to use for minecraft situations.

Not all people are idiots for handing out their skype to others. Especially in certain situations where people have been playing for months and months together on the same minecraft server, and have actually formed a friendship. A mutual friendship,

This blog is solely your opinion on the subject of giving out personal skype names to new people. I can agree to never handing my skype out to new people, but there is also this one thing about skype; you can check peoples' profiles before you accept the friend request. You can also ask for their skype name first and look them up before you consider adding them as a contact.

Then we can go back full circle to my explanation of having an alternate skype account, or having known someone for more than a month.

Be sure to cover all your bases when having such a vague title like you did for your blog. I was hoping to read more than fifteen to twenty sentences repeating your opinion, and calling those who do this to random strangers 'lack common sense.'
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03/06/2014 9:17 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Geek
Skullduggerycain
I honestly respect your opinion, and I also agree, this is possibly one of the worst blogs I've ever written. I'm very, very tired and only wrote this about 2 hours ago, and I'd been up since early this morning shoveling snow. I'll probably update this blog later, and make it  more respectful and have some actual integrity. Thank you for being honest, some of this stuff I really hadn't thought of, and it will help me to update it with better content. So, all in all, thank you very much for your honesty, and I definitely see some of your points. I'm glad someone like you came along to point out some things I'd missed, and give an opinion on it from a different perspective.
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03/06/2014 9:33 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Pokemon
Chellizard
Of course; and not a problem. There are some things that you can do from now on; save your blog to work on it later. My first blog on my page "Skins: Original vs. Fanart" took me two or more hours to write, but three or four hours to prepare for. I had to get proper information, and discuss with other people their opinions to gather more information for the topics I discuss.

But, despite this short blog, you do make your main focus reach the audience. Just in a manner that can seem a bit rude, or maybe just lazy?
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03/06/2014 9:55 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Geek
Skullduggerycain
Lazy was literally how I felt when I tried to crank this out. It'll probably be completely revamped by tomorrow night. I must admit, I usually put much more effort into my blogs than this.
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03/06/2014 10:26 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Pokemon
Chellizard
Not neccessarily lazy; but you could have put much more effort into this rather than just pulling from your own opinions.
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03/07/2014 10:08 am
Level 33 : Artisan Geek
Skullduggerycain
I think you're right, honestly. I'll try to be more open-minded when I rewrite this.
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03/06/2014 8:44 pm
Level 25 : Expert Grump
IceCream_Sundae
Common sense: a most beautiful, wonderful thing that needs to be applied to every situation!
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03/06/2014 9:14 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Geek
Skullduggerycain
*gives thumbs up*
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