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Old 7 May 14, 03:20 PM  
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*UPDATED* Abuse On (Non Dibb) Chat Forum

I've just found a horribly abusive post naming me specifically on another (non Dibb) chat forum. It uses appalling language and its most insulting.

Apart from reporting it to a moderator (which I have) - do I have any legal redress ?
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Old 7 May 14, 03:30 PM  
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Sorry cant help but didnt want to read and run. Before its too late make sure you print screen shots etc incase you decide to take it further so you can use it as evidence.

Shame not every forum is as friendly and helpful as the Dibb.
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Originally Posted by jdybnsn View Post
I've just found a horribly abusive post naming me specifically on another (non Dibb) chat forum. It uses appalling language and it most insulting.

Apart from reporting it to a moderator (which I have) - do I have any legal redress ?
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Originally Posted by technium View Post
Sorry cant help but didnt want to read and run. Before its too late make sure you print screen shots etc incase you decide to take it further so you can use it as evidence.

Shame not every forum is as friendly and helpful as the Dibb.
Thanks I'll do that now . I can't believe what some people write - I don't even think they know me - they have just have seen something I've written elsewhere on line on an unconnected web site.
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Why do some morons think it's OK to hide behind a computer screen and abuse someone?
I don't have any advice for you I'm afraid, but wish you luck in sorting something out and sending you a cyber hug.
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You could take a case for defamation. However, our firm's cost estimate for such a case is around 60,000 (for information only, I'm not touting for work) and the risk is huge as defamation is notoriously difficult to prove. First of all you'd have to find the person who wrote the defamatory statement, not easy when they're a screen name on a website. Then you've got to prove the defamation. The presence of the material on the website isn't sufficient - you also have to satisfy the Court that the person being defamed is identifiable as you (and in this case that would mean you personally, not you the person who posts under a particular name). You'd also have to prove that its caused damage to you (for example damage to a business reputation) or that it has caused fair minded persons to think worse of you - again this is you the person, not you the person who posts on a website.

I would stop using the website in question and move on, life is too short.
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You could take a case for defamation. However, our firm's cost estimate for such a case is around 60,000 (for information only, I'm not touting for work) and the risk is huge as defamation is notoriously difficult to prove. First of all you'd have to find the person who wrote the defamatory statement, not easy when they're a screen name on a website. Then you've got to prove the defamation. The presence of the material on the website isn't sufficient - you also have to satisfy the Court that the person being defamed is identifiable as you (and in this case that would mean you personally, not you the person who posts under a particular name). You'd also have to prove that its caused damage to you (for example damage to a business reputation) or that it has caused fair minded persons to think worse of you - again this is you the person, not you the person who posts on a website.

I would stop using the website in question and move on, life is too short.
Thanks for the advice

Its not a website I use at all - it was brought to my attention by someone who does use it... as it gives not only my full name, occupation and my location (very small village)..so absoutely is me.

The difficulty is that the poster may well be difficult to trace as may or may not have a permenant address.
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That's awful , take no notice Hun some people are just mean have clearly have no life's , maybe you could report them for slander?
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The post has been moderated but it still names me, and though the more disgusting references have gone, its still pretty insulting & upsetting.
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Did you see the link I put above ?
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