Someone got fired for reading MetaFilter at work  AUG 26 2003

Someone got fired for reading MetaFilter at work. Are you happy now, Matt?

There are 15 reader comments

Matt Haughey24 27 200312:24AM

Other strangeness related to blogs: someone that frequented Joi Ito's blog and IRC channel was fired from Apple, and another IRC regular recently took his own life.

It's a crazy world.

Pat C.12 27 2003 1:12AM

I read the long and overwhelmingly sympathetic MetaTalk thread about this. But I ask myself: what part of "NSFW text" - as the post was marked - did the firee not understand?

$name52 27 2003 2:52AM

Pat - you'll have to re-read the thread a little more carefully for the answer.

Matt - it's almost as if the people online are real people who exist in the outside world ... ;)

Mark51 27 200310:51AM

I think the real lesson here is: Don't work at an insurance brokerage.

Pat C.35 27 200311:35AM

$name - Yes, on re-reading I see the offensive text was in the thread as opposed to the site linked in the post, but still... Two weeks into a new job you need to be a litttle careful about such things. A NSFW post might result in a NSFW thread. (Says he who works from home.)

Lynsey13 27 2003 2:13PM

Jason and or Greg, I don't understand why you would ask Matt if this firing after MeFi viewing would make him happy. Sounds pretty meanspirited of one or both of you...

Craniac48 27 2003 3:48PM

It's not clear that the apple guy was fired for blogging, but for dinking around while software compiled.

Lynsey: I think Matt and Jason know each other and his post is not meant to be taken that way.

greg.org09 27 2003 6:09PM

and I just admire Matt from afar, but steer clear of most MeFi threads for elitist reasons.

Mary Veer42 28 2003 6:42AM

That woman who was fired for the mefi NSFW pedo-post was just plain STUPID for reading that at work. If I was her supervisor or boss, I would have fired her too. Enough said.

Caroline27 28 200311:27AM

She was stupid for reading Metafilter at work? Mary, she was fired for reading the discussion on Metafilter. Not the page the post linked to.

jkottke18 28 200312:18PM

Caroline, I think Mary's point is that the woman shouldn't have been doing personal reading on work time, which, from the standpoint of a company concerned with employees "stealing time" at work, is hard to argue with. (Although my personal view is that employees should have a little latitude in doing personal stuff during work time, unless it becomes a problem for a particular employee in getting their work done.)

jca52 28 2003 5:52PM

While I agree with the "safe work behavior" mandates - this doesn't have to turn into a "We told you so" / "She asked for it" pile on. Then everyone starts to sound like a lawyer and/or Fox News.

Craniac25 28 200310:25PM

In some religious circles the phrase "avoid the very appearance of evil" gets thrown around. Given that, in regards to certain topics, we are approaching a weird sort of censorial fundamentalism, perhaps that is useful, but unfortunate advice.

Caroline10 29 200310:10AM

Oh. OK. (It's hard to fathom when you work involves reading websites all day.)

Caroline11 29 200310:11AM

(I hope I'll never become a boss who fires people for reading. I hope I never become a boss.)

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