The following (everything not in bold type) is posted on behalf of a member of the community who would like to remain anonymous. They will be reading the thread and can communicate through me if they so wish.
A note on alt accounts.
I recently set up an alt account after years of not bring able to post freely because of domestic violence and stalker behaviour.
I got a notification to say that a post I made that I stupidly realised could reveal who I was had received the “first share” badge. So someone has shared this boring post and there’s really no reason to other than to dm someone or post publicly that “i know something you don’t know, look who this user is”
I’d like to think we’re more respectful and grown up than this and that we might consider why someone has gone to great lengths to set up an anon account. Yes I could just stop posting altogether but this place is a lifeline for me so I felt it better all round to still be part of the community but in a safe way that meant I could stop worrying about being spied on by someone in my personal life.
Think this is something to consider for users in future, I know the people discussing it probably meant no harm but I cant tell you the anxiety and fear I felt getting a notification that the post i was worried about had been shared (which must only happen for new users as never seen that badge before!)