I recently started taking a class. There is a "get to know you" discussion forum that we are all supposed to participate in. Is there a good reason I should refrain from mentioning my specific place of employment?

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    What would you gain by not telling them that? Or .. what would you gain by telling them? – DarkCygnus Sep 7 '17 at 16:54
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    you need a "why" to make this question answerable. – enderland Sep 7 '17 at 17:12
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    This doesn't seem to be a workplace issue, just like telling your friends or family where you work isn't a workplace issue, and it will mostly just come down to opinion - you are far more likely to know how likely you are to say something so controversial or detestable that someone would choose to try to ruin your career over it. – Dukeling Sep 7 '17 at 17:14
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    I think this would be a good candidate for migration to IPS, since you're asking about interactions in a non-workplace setting. – user812786 Sep 7 '17 at 17:35
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    Your real name is probably more than enough information for a dedicated person to figure out where you work. – Glen Pierce Sep 8 '17 at 2:34

There is pretty much no downside to telling people where you work. You are not revealing any confidential secrets, and it's extremely unlikely that anyone can use the information against you.

Exceptions might be if you are deeply embarrassed about where you work ("yourbestporno.com") or you work for a secret intelligence agency (not out of the question - I knew several people who worked for GCHQ and AWE and they tended to introduce themselves as 'working for a government laboratory'). Conceivably if you worked for a stealth mode startup where your interests might give away the company's program.

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    yourbestporno.com is not a real website. Thanks for wasting my time. – AffableAmbler Sep 8 '17 at 0:21
  • If you do work for a sensitive TLA you normally have a cover job that you can tell F&F that you work for. – Neuromancer Sep 8 '17 at 11:58
  • @Neuromancer No, it actually doesn't work like that in my experience. – DJClayworth Sep 8 '17 at 13:13

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