- I respect the privacy of others. Even people I don’t like. I may talk about private(ish) issues, but this is a personal blog on a relatively tiny corner of the internet with (thus far) a tiny readership. Oftentimes to protect others privacy, I’ll obscure details through the use of pseudonyms, change ages/ genders, and alter unimportant details such as location or business type. Our experiences are all human stories, all flawed, and not all that unique. Like the forward to The Things They Carried says, the events I recount may not be an exact replication of the events which occurred, but they are faithful to the spirit of those events.
- Names/ ages/ locations referred to may or may not change frequently. I’m clear about whose referred to in the post, but if I call, say, my sister-in-law “Jenny” in one post and “Mary” in another, it doesn’t mean I’ve gotten a new sister-in-law. It just means I am forgetful, don’t refer to her often, and chosen a new pseudonym rather than go to the effort of looking up the old one.
- Sometimes I post my original college papers. They will be noted as such, along with the class they were written for. Any reading materials referenced will be linked to and credited. I may or may not include my professors’ notes on the paper. These papers are under creative commons copyright, and must be credited if referenced. Plagiarism will get you kicked out of school.
- I posted a series of lecture notes for the WPC-14 Conference. They are the only lecture notes I posted, because that conference was amazing, mind-blowing, and life changing. It was part of a whole year that completely altered my worldview. It is also very expensive, so not everyone can afford the tickets, let alone taking time off work and paying for a hotel and travel. So I shared my lecture notes and thoughts on the conference, in the hopes of sharing the lessons I learned over those incredible three days. When I edited my lecture notes for the blog, out of respect for my fellow workshop attendees, I chose to obscure or alter any identifying information about them (name/ age/ location), as is my regular habit. The workshop facilitators I wasn’t quite sure what to do about. By the time the idea to post the entries had occurred to me, I’d thrown away all the handouts from the conference, and I had difficulty finding contact information about them online. I confess, I also suspect spelled some of their names incorrectly in my notes. I finally decided the facilitators must be proud to stand publicly by their lectures, and I would include their names. I came to this conclusion because they had signed up publicly as workshop facilitators; had their names on the WPC-14 website as teaching the workshops at the time (names since removed as the WPC site has been updated to reflect the current conference schedule); agreed to being live-tweeted on the day of the workshops; and because many of them had books, publications, or research they lectured on. I decided it would be far worse to post the lecture notes and not credit the workshop facilitators. Therefore, the individuals who researched and led each of the thought-provoking workshops are clearly credited at the head of each entry, when known.
- On that note, I am versed on recording laws in my state and do not record people without legal consent. If an account of any workshop seems disturbingly accurate, I promise it is just the effect of time and distance. I did not record anything with an a/v device. I had a laptop, I have some background as a student journalist, and I type really fast. I mention this because one facilitator (for a Thursday workshop) contacted me in 2015 (about 3 years after the lecture notes were posted) to demand a take down of the lecture notes relating to their workshop, and also demanded I turn over the recording they decided I must have made, as they said my notes were too detailed. I say “demand,” because it was paired with a lawsuit threat, and that is definitely not a request. Words mean things. Anyway, I did not record any of the workshops were recorded any form of on audio recording device. I suppose I could take it as a testament to my typing skills, if nothing else, but really? It’s just the kindness of time filling in the gaps between my notes. Even someone with a high typing speed and good shorthand can’t get every single word spoken, especially when people mutter and there’s overlap of chatter. I missed a lot in those workshops, especially from the other attendees.