I was visiting DN Forum yesterday, and I decided to look through some of the earliest posts on the forum. While clicking through to some of the earliest sales posts, I was surprised when I came across the posts of a couple people I know who listed domain names for sale. These people no longer actively sell domain names, so it was a bit strange to see their sale posts.
Seeing these old posts got me thinking that domain investors should be mindful of public posts they made, even if they were made many years ago. Some of us have changed business strategies and shifted focus over the years, but there may be an archive of our earlier activities on forums and even domain blog comment sections.
Although most sales posts would likely be innocuous, especially if the name(s) were sold and/or prices were edited out, but there may be other issues to keep in mind. I am sure most of us have lost our cool before, and perhaps we got in the middle of a heated or contentious discussion. I assume most of us have published things we wish we hadn’t, and some of those things may look bad in today’s light.
At some point in the future, there may be a time where someone does a bit of a background check on you. This could be because of a new job opportunity or perhaps even a large domain name or company sale. Whatever the case may be, you wouldn’t want something you published on a forum to come back and haunt you now or in the future. It’s important to do an inventory of your public activities every once in a while. Yes, in a perfect world, you wouldn’t have written something objectionable or listed that grey-area domain name for sale, but we’ve all made mistakes and hopefully learned from them.
I believe most forums allow you to edit your own posts (not usually post titles), so it might be a good idea to see if there’s something you would want to have edited. I wrote about closing old sales threads, and you might want to consider editing posts that might make you look bad.