The reason I ask is, students offer up a lot of information and in some cases (two recent threads) their circumstances are so unique that anyone reading that student's app would instantly recognize them. The student will ask for advice on what information to put in or leave out of the application, or their essay. Sometimes I cringe while reading the things that are posted. The student probably feels anonymous on this internet forum, but they would leap out at someone reading the application. I want to add to their thread, "You have posted too much personal information" but I am afraid that would only freak them out, cause paranoia and would not be a constructive addition to their thread. So if you tell me that admissions officers are too busy reading apps to **** this forum I will feel much better! :) I am sure there are dozens of cases where an applicant's identity could be guessed at, or discovered with a little detective work. I'm not even thinkng about that. The examples I am referring to are very obvious.
So kids, if you are a 7 foot tall albino, and you wrote a moving essay about how it feels to be a pale giant among Lilliputians, don't post the details of your criminal record and ask if you should include that information in your app!
(I know there are warnings posted at the top of some of the forums, but nobody reads those!!!)