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I have interacted with many people in the quant space, and many of them had to quit every single aspect of their online presence when they were hired in this position.
Note I use the term "quant" but mean it in a broader sense: really anyone working for a bank / hedge fund / trading firm / whatever in a technical job; not necessarily someone doing quantitative analysis (e.g., someone who works as a programmer for a hedge fund).
What does the process look like for determining whether or not you get to participate on this very site for the pro quants here? As well as other sites in general where this information is shared.
- Were you asked when interviewing for your current position about activity on (maybe this site specifically?) or various other mediums where this is information about this topic is shared (Quora comes to mind as another example). If not during the interview process, when did it come up?
- If so, how was it dealt with? The fact that this question exists on this site forces me to only receive answers from people who were given the OK, so it is limited a bit in that sense, but I am still curious about it nonetheless.
Is your activity monitored? Were you given certain topics that you were told you cannot discuss on the site? Were you told to simply use "good judgement" and not share something stupid?
For those who have worked at various other financial firms: how does the strictness vary by firm size? Is there any noticeable difference from say a place such as Morgan Stanley and a tiny proprietary trading firm? Do smaller firms tend to be more strict? I have come to this somewhat loosely by taking note of the fact that there are several people I can think of off the top of my head that are active on the StackExchange site network despite holding a "sensitive" position, such as Brian Bi of StackOverflow; who is a low latency engineer at Citadel.
- Is there any negotiating with this? Or are the rules at these financial firms very strict, leaving no room in either direction?
The question is broad and doesn't exactly fit how most questions go on this site, however I believe it is completely on topic and while it is broad, I am sure we will find something that seems to be somewhat standard. I appreciate any of the quants here sharing their experience with this.