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Article: Why Foaly May Have a Point

Don’t get me wrong–although tinfoil hats could eventually become the next headgear of choice (though I still doubt that it would land on Vogue anytime soon), we aren’t really talking about over-the-top Foaly-ish paranoia. Really. However, we believe that Foaly may have a point. Read on to learn about some practical tips and tricks to keep yourself safe and connected while spending time at your favorite websites.

DON’T…

  • … give out personal information such as your home address, phone numbers, school name, or your full name. Remember that anything you post online could be used to track you down and piece together information about you.
  • … reply to threatening or harassing messages on forums, instant messaging, email, or social-networking sites. The advantage of being online is that when things start making you feel uneasy, you can simply log off or block these users. Make sure that you report these people to the proper authorities (Board Admins, Moderators, or Site Staffers), as well!
  • … feed the trolls! An Internet Troll is a person who makes it a point to wreak havoc in a forum by posting offensive, controversial, or plain nasty messages. An internet troll’s goal is to gain attention and get angry replies–a pathetic ploy to earn 15 minutes of fame, if you ask me. Remember to ignore them and report them to the proper authorities.
  • … just post your photos online! Think twice, thrice, and many many times before doing so! Don’t get pressured into posting a picture–if this bothers you, better tell your parents/guardian about it. If ever you do post a picture of yourself online, make sure that it does not contain identifiable information such as license plates, school uniforms/jerseys, street signs, or any obvious indicators that would reveal more information about yourself than you want to. Also, some people have had a bad habit of stealing pictures from random teens online and using these photos as their own, or worse! You don’t want to stumble upon a nasty MySpace profile with your picture on it, would you?
  • … give out your password just to anyone else. Keep your passwords safe, and try to change them every once in a while. Don’t use really obvious passwords such as your birthday or simply “password”, either!
  • … agree to meet up (or “eyeball”) with a person you met online. If the person forces you into doing something that you know is wrong, block him or her–taking risks like that isn’t really worth it.
  • … believe in everything people say online. The 11 year-old boy you have been chatting with may be… an 11 year-old girl instead. πŸ˜† But seriously, you get the point. πŸ˜‰

However, there is also a positive side. These are things that you should remember to do…

DO…

  • … tell your parents or guardian about your online activities. Though I’m quite sure that you aren’t off to hack into some super-secret Swiss bank accounts, a little bit of communication with them wouldn’t really hurt (plus they’re sure to trust you more, if you do)!
  • … think twice before posting anything online. Remember, anything you post may be used against you.
  • … make the Report button your best friend. Always remember that site admins, moderators, and staff members are here and are always happy to help. Don’t be afraid of reporting abusive people. The best way to stop the abuse is to report them. Ignore them like they don’t exist, and report them.
  • … save and print all disturbing messages and chat logs, complete with date and time. For what? They’re evidence–most needed when you report online abuse to higher authorities!
  • … limit your information/profile only to your real-life friends and family.

These are only a couple of online safety tips, and I am sure that you have a lot more! Either way, just remember to “activate” that paranoid centaur in you when you are online. You may not need a tinfoil hat (for now πŸ˜‰ ), but at the risk of sounding clichΓ©d, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Reference: http://www.2smrt4u.com/

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15 responses to “The Haven Herald.” Join in!

  1. hEllO ouT tHerE! August 11th, 2007 at 8:56 am 1

    WICKED!!! LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED!!!

    p.s I am now using a chain for my Bobby

  2. I think I am certainly not the first and definitely not the last to say…The Haven Herald ROCKS! The comparison between Artemis/Minerva and Artemis/Holly ‘ships’ was really interesting. I’m not exactly sure which one I agree with more, but I think I prefer A/H. They would be a sweet couple in being so odd…even mismatched. Really good work to everyone who helped with the newsletter. Excellent job!

  3. I think Artemis should end up with Holly because since he and Minerva are genii, and this is just in my opinion, they would just compete with each other and try to see who is the superior to who. But aside from this, The Haven Herald rocks!!! And I think the name is awesome! I hope more of these with be posted in the future. Once again, awesome job to whoever came up with the idea and to everyone who helped.

  4. Insightful Newsletter, got some very good points in there, enjoyed the shipping article very much so. Do more things like that. The members of the month, and the fanart and fan fiction of the month and things like that were also great ideas.

    Downsides: What was with the “Articles?” Preaching to your users about web safety and forum conduct is a bit of a, well, naff idea. I mean, littering it with AF themes and calling it “Mulch’s guide to a forum” doesn’t really do it for me. Focus on what the site is about, not stuffing it full of meaningless crap that, to be honest, we don’t want to hear. The reason we visit these sites is to have fun and to save fro sifting through mountains of information to find a line that tells us what we need, not to read stuff that gets forced down our throats at every occasion!

    Keep up the good work… and make it better next time!

  5. I think this rocks!!! =D Great job. What does the example 2 of netspeak say? I don’t speak netspeak… It’s confusing… Well, this rocks!! And like c said, don’t just add names to the articles if there is no real mention of them. The Foaly one was a good idea because it sounded like something Foaly would say. But Mulch’s posting forum? I didn’t think that went as smoothly. If it sounded like Mulch was actually explaining it, I would give a thumbs up. but it was helpful for the form changed. (like me) Well good job and I hope to see another one in a month!!
    bones out>>>>>

  6. Fowlgirl – We will be publishing this once a month, every second Saturday. πŸ™‚

    C – I’m sorry you felt that way, but those 2 articles were actually extremely important to us. The newsletter is supposed to foster a good community here. (That’s why we have all the awards. πŸ™‚ ). Those two articles may appear obvious, and pointless, to an experienced internet user, but they aren’t obvious to everyone. We have actually had a few cases here where people would have benefitted from this advice, e.g. They wouldn’t report problems because they didn’t want to bother us, or they worried that someone was stalking them.

    Don’t worry – The advice has been written now. We won’t be repeating them in future letters, but we will definitely be referencing them on the forum. They will be very useful. πŸ™‚

    flamingbones – lol – Fair enough. The Mulch part was just an attempt to give it a little bit of an AF theme. πŸ™‚

    Glad everyone liked the shipping article though! πŸ˜€

  7. MaeveCrowArtemis August 13th, 2007 at 7:55 pm 7

    First of all I need to say that I’m very glad you all liked it.Your opinion is very important to us so thanks.
    I must agree with MichaelM about our two articles.They are very important for new ppl and new members.And theΓ½ are realy describing our community.
    This is our first issue and we’ll try to make it better next time.

  8. hEllO ouT tHerE! August 23rd, 2007 at 12:56 am 8

    hi again, i know that this has nothing to do with the haven herald but whos read ‘the supernaturalist’ because on this site http://www.thesupernaturalist.co.uk they have it wrong. it says that the parasites (un-spec4) suck the life force of people but they don’t. So i just thought that someone might be interested. ta ta

  9. I love it. Why Foaly may have a point is clever and funny.
    Long live the Haven Herald.

  10. what do you mean,hELLO ouT tHerE? I thought they did. Please explain…
    bones out>>>>>

  11. hEllO ouT tHerE! August 27th, 2007 at 3:46 am 11

    flaming bones the parasites never took life force they took pain. Lyk Ditto he lays his hands on them and takes their pain. An example of it is when Cosmo falls off the roof the parasite sucks up his pain, later on he says that as soon as it touched him his headache disappeared.

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  13. omg i cant wait for the next fowl book number six:-]

  14. ArTeMiS FoWl April 2nd, 2008 at 12:03 am 14

    lol matt

  15. artemislover18 July 17th, 2008 at 9:58 pm 15

    loved time paradox. read it in less than 3 hours. =]]especially artemis/holly. in my mind, it was perfect, even though i agree, min has a chance. ever since the beginning though, i have said they need to get together, cept my friends thought that would be weird. well here you go! i love it!the only thing about min is…. she’s a bit childish. she’s like a step down from artemis. she’s plenty smart, but i don’t think that she and artemis really have a bond together like holly and artemis do. and she doesn’t seem to really belong in the series, you know?

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