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Be Aware - Slander or Libel?
« on: May 26, 2014, 10:40:46 PM »
Being labelled an ignoramus by a know-it-all for allegedly mixing up slander and libel I'd just like to point out the folowing  :-

"Since the emergence of social networking sites, forums and chat rooms consideration has had to be given to whether the comments fall in to the definition of a permanent (libel) or transient (slander) category.  Traditionally speaking defamatory comments in a written form are actionable in libel however in Smith v ADVFN PLC Mr Justice Eady ruled that defamatory comments, posted on bulletin boards are more akin to slander than libel due to their conversational nature."

Having cognisance of this via a legal mate some time ago when discussing social networking, I correctly used the word slander. Perhaps the person involved will think twice before jumping to name calling again.



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Re: Be Aware - Slander or Libel?
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2014, 07:44:07 AM »
Glad you're still here! And thank you for this information; I'll keep it in mind, when I am tempted to lash out!

Name calling is always bad, and the Internet in general, and on forums/boards in particular, it is too easy to say something in haste.

If only everyone would think, before hitting the 'post' button.

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Re: Be Aware - Slander or Libel?
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2014, 08:18:52 AM »
I get what you're saying Alan.

The next bit is a general reminder.  To whoever the cap fits, so to speak

But I would just like to point out that name calling and or any sort of bullying is not acceptable on this forum, and I know how easy it is to take things the wrong way, especially in a forum situation.  We all I'm sure say things we regret afterwards, a kind of spontaneous reaction to something we've read.

All I would ask from you guys, is to let this go now, and move on.  You know I'm not heavy on rules around here, in fact we don't often have to remind anyone of them, but this time I am doing just that.

I really don't want to go down this road, but If this stuff continues, the offending members will be given a weeks ban from posting on the site, and if it continues after that a month.  Followed by a permanent ban.  Anyone who doesn't agree with this rule, can stay, or leave, it's up to you to decide.

Also remember this place is hosted by me as a hobby, and it's there for all of you to make what you can of it.  I don't want it turning into a chore, because there's no point me keeping it running if it does.  The moderators have edited one or two posts, and even removed one or two.  I fully support their actions, they are put in some very awkward positions at times.  So please don't take it out on them,

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Re: Be Aware - Slander or Libel?
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2014, 08:30:33 AM »
Here! here! Mick. Totally agree - think before you post and cause offence. We are all adults on here and should not need moderators to make us behave / erase our faux pas!

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Re: Be Aware - Slander or Libel?
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2014, 10:01:38 AM »
Also remember this place is hosted by me as a hobby, and it's there for all of you to make what you can of it.  I don't want it turning into a chore, because there's no point me keeping it running if it does.

Not wishing to ambush the thread - but that is the most important statement in all of those ugliness.

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