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June 22, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: comment form

DisneyA reader named Daniel points out:

This is's comment form. Which, when you read it, contradicts itself.

At the bottom it says, "If you don't enter a first name we can't put your message on TV or online."

Then it warns, "Careful, no personal information!"


they mean well.

Posted by: gmangw at June 22, 2006 12:08 AM

Second, (Bless RSS)

Personal information would be like a social security #, plus a birthdate, plus any other info that tells where you are exactly. i.e. 123 Fake Street.

It is just another one of those things they need to rephrase. It is still broken in a sense.

Posted by: Cameron at June 22, 2006 12:42 AM


"Now, please put personal information here:"

Posted by: BlastYoBoots at June 22, 2006 01:00 AM

But you have to admit, a first name is hardly personal information, more than likely tens of thousands of people share your name. Not really broken, in fact it is only teaching children internet safety if anything.

Posted by: achilles at June 22, 2006 01:01 AM

At least Disney is warning people to just put the first name and city. Dont put the rest of your address or SS# etc. As my mom, Hilary Bartkowski born in Pittsburgh in 1933 once said, "Jessie, you dont talk to strangers!" I know my friends at TIB can be trusted, and in fact my birthday is coming July 17. Send your cards to me at 396 Hillcrest Ave. in Pittsburgh, PA, 15237. I'll be 32. Send me an email if you want my bank account# so you can wire me some money. Thanks a lot!

Posted by: Jessie S. Enget at June 22, 2006 01:52 AM

i dont see anything broken about it. your first name is about as personal as the color of shirt you're wearing. They advise against personal information such as a FULL name, perhaps? No last names, how does that sound

Posted by: Le Rogue Rouge at June 22, 2006 02:14 AM

but how many Bobs can there be who's 20 years old and living in Washington? would definately not be tens of thousands..

and whats with ppl and them keep saying first, second, third, etc? oh yeah i forgot, im the EIGHTH. -.-"

Posted by: yingjai at June 22, 2006 06:07 AM

i meant seventh.. but i guess now i'm eighth too..

Posted by: yingjai at June 22, 2006 06:08 AM

What is really broken here is that the TV networks feel that their shows are not sufficiently entertaining, and that they need to crap up our views of them with animated scrolling swooshing bouncing and otherwise invasive junk, complete with sound effects.

"and whats with ppl and them keep saying first, second, third, etc? oh yeah i forgot, im the EIGHTH. -.-"

It's a f***ing DISEASE that this board has caught from Slashdot. On Slashdot, the volume is so high that there are always a boatload of responses near the top proclaiming victory in having gotten the first post, because actually GETTING the first post is an accomplishment. Here, it is just flat-out bull$***.

Posted by: Glenn Lasher at June 22, 2006 06:58 AM

First name is not personal info.

Posted by: Bob at June 22, 2006 10:01 AM

I must be one of the few people in the world who believe that my first name is personal info. But then again I was blessed with parents who spelled a very common name in such a way that 90% of the population pronounces it improperly. Anyone who sees it could track it down within an hour. I have. So if your name is Bob or John you're fine. If you have my name you start calling yourself something else online. Now having said all of that I'm pretty sure that in the scheme of things I am not that significant that someone would want to look me up online, but it never hurts to be cautious about this kind of thing.

Posted by: lefty-chef at June 22, 2006 10:56 AM

Hey lefty, even if someone knew your funny (I mean unique) name what could anyone do with that? I don't think anyone gives out credit with only a first name and a city. Or are you worried that if you complain to Disney, They may send the Big Mouse over and break your knees or something?

And by the way, Jessie Enget, you are an idiot, I suppose your bank account is already empty.

Posted by: Ralph Malph at June 22, 2006 11:15 AM

Not a problem! If you look, you will see that it says "A" first name. Nowhere does it say it has to be your very own personal name. ;-)

Posted by: SilvorMoon at June 22, 2006 11:27 AM

Hey people--

Please submit better examples of "broken". The last couple of items have been pretty weak.

Posted by: spooly at June 22, 2006 11:30 AM

Like I said, I'm not that significant that anyone would WANT to steal my identity. It's not the people handing out credit that you need to be worried about. It's the people who steal info like Social Insurance Numbers etc. As far as duking it out with Mickey, I'm pretty sure that beating the crap out of something that's only 4 feet tall, only has four fingers and speaks with a pre-pubecent falsetto voice is frowned upon.

Posted by: lefty-chef at June 22, 2006 11:32 AM

poor simple Ralph--you've just embarrassed yourself, amigo--

Posted by: dookiepuke at June 22, 2006 03:44 PM

Spooly, we've been TRYING. It's Mark that you have to ask to POST better ones! (Come on Mark!!)

Posted by: ambrocked at June 22, 2006 03:50 PM

if you really think you have something so much more broken that what's here, why don't you post it in the comments instead of complaining?

Posted by: gmangw at June 22, 2006 04:00 PM

If you have such a good statement to post, why don't you post it insted of complaining about my complaint?

Posted by: spooly at June 22, 2006 05:08 PM

Poor little bloggers. Deny them substance, and they turn on each other. Why the phrase "get a life" was invented.

Posted by: get a life at June 22, 2006 06:56 PM

First names usually aren't personal in the first place. My name is Josh! did I post personal information? First names are common enough to consider it "public property"

Posted by: Jos at June 22, 2006 09:17 PM

Gosh darnit, how did I manage to mispell my own name on the last post ;), I am broken!

Posted by: Josh at June 22, 2006 09:19 PM

"Poor little bloggers. Deny them substance, and they turn on each other. Why the phrase "get a life" was invented."

Man, why you gotta hate?!

Posted by: ambrocked at June 23, 2006 09:57 AM

OH, COME ON!!! A first name isn't personal, but a last (possibly middle) name IS!


Posted by: Another guy named Alex B at June 23, 2006 06:56 PM


Sorry about that. I was idiot.

Posted by: Another guy named Alex B at June 23, 2006 06:57 PM

Guys, put 2 and 2 together. It's a test! If you put your name and whatever else in, it guarantees you won't get your name on TV. Hmm... Lemme guess, leave it blank and click SEND to change the ruleset to say, "Make sure you put in all your personal information!" and the YOUR FIRST NAME line to YOUR WHOLE NAME, FIRST, MIDDLE AND LAST.

No, seriously, it DOES contradict itself, but it's not THAT bad. You have to figure, a first name, age and state isn't THAT personal. Heck, you're not even putting in your ZIP code. It's not a pinpoint with just those. (ALERT! ABOUT TO SOUND LIKE SOMEBODY'S GRANDPA! [I'm really a teenager.]) When I was in 3rd grade, there were 2 Erics in my class alone. So, basically, you get the point.

Posted by: Eric at June 24, 2006 12:53 AM

Hate to be a fun sucker but,

Personal information: home address, phone number, ect.

Wait, what were you doing at

And that looks like a game interface!!?!?!??!

Posted by: Jeff at June 24, 2006 09:13 PM

I know that if you're under the age of 18 and you have either your first or last name as a part of your username AOL will not let you visit any of their messageboards for fear that someone will track you down. Apparantly some companies consider names to be prsonal information.

Posted by: Fayth at June 27, 2006 10:02 PM

I do so much love being bashed. there is a demonstration that they do at Avon Maitland school board High schools ( now that you have my first name and school board, you could narrow it down easy.) that shows how a dedicated hacker can find you in less than 4 hours with just your first name. seriously. and it's my first submission, I don't see a lot of broken stuff. I'm only thirteen (now you could abduct me if you wanted) and live in rural ontario and don't get out much. and it DOES contadict itself. it IS broken.

Posted by: Wazoo_22 at June 29, 2006 10:08 PM

and another thing: Even if it doesn't contadict itself, the warning is redundant. it clearly says "FIRST NAME" "AGE" "STATE" you would have to be really stupid to put down any of what you guys consider "personal information". I can just see it: "hey, it says here first name, so I should put down my whole name, SS #, and city, too, to be considerate"

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Posted by: louis vuitton at July 13, 2006 06:31 PM

Disney is perverted... of course they want your personal info.

Posted by: wafflecannon at August 1, 2006 09:05 PM

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