But it was in response to my statement regarding the authenticity of this job offer in the context of a message board.

Paraphrasing what he said, if MSFT is collecting information about forum posters, then why bother coming back?

I could care less if MSFT is collecting information about posters here, but I thought I should point out that possibility.

Just as I wouldn't send a programmer from Hewlet Packard, or RIM my info or work history either, since they are not HR. Ultimately who knows what will happen to it or what it will really be used for, or how long it will float around.