"Look before you leap."
An old saying, and perhaps too heavy on the caution side. This week, however, I should have pulled this particular cliche off the shelf and dusted it off.
Visiting Twitter, I saw Going Concern posted: "Let's Exchange Heated Words About: The Top 30 Accounting Undergrad Programs." Curious, I clicked the link, and saw my alma mater was ranked number one. Without bothering to peruse the site, I simply clicked to comment, entered my name, and typed "BYU rocks!"
Little did I know the storm that would ensue.
In the past, I've interacted online with individuals who are upfront about their identities and engage in civil discussion. It was, in hindsight, quite foolish of me to assume this would automatically be the case in a popular accounting-related website. As one commenter pointed out, if I had taken the time to go through the site before commenting my two words, I would have seen that no one uses their real names there.
What's done is done, and I learned quite the lesson. Not all accounting sites have the same crowds, and I better take the time to look before I leap. Even if the leap is just writing two words out of school pride.