The Federal Communications Decency Act (CDA) grants immunity to ISPs in libel and privacy suits involving their subscribers. Recent cases interpreting the CDA have found that even where ISPs do examine and discover defamatory content, they retain their immunity and are under no obligation to remove or retract such statements. Unless there are compelling facts proving otherwise, ISPs are to be regarded automatically as common carriers, just as a telephone company or library would be, and any knowledge they have concerning their subscribers' expression is irrelevant.
I have use of FREE lawyers so I might as well make use of them
Graffiti tags like that suck. (Some other graffiti tags are amusing, I admit, but I've seen Robert say that he'd rather that nobody used graffiti tags at all, that actual content tags are much more useful).
I wonder what a lawyer will say to A2K's anonymous bullying... We are "unable to know" who is defacing our character? Kind of negates the whole stated purpose of the forum.
I will keep this up until democracy and change prevail and common people are no longer bullied and insulted by a2k's hateful policies.
I hope you have some money set aside for a ******* legal battle.
1) Tags are going to me made public.
They are going to be made public on the topic page as well.
Right now only the users's aggregate tags are public and this affords a great deal of anonymity that is exploited to make cowardly insults.
I don't think all graffiti tags are motivated by the anonymity, but it's pretty clear that some are because they come from people who are not willing (or for whatever reason don't) to post the same thing under their own name. For some cases just removing the anonymity will stop it.
But yes, there is a lot more than just that to motivate it, sometimes it's just because people think it's a fun or clever and that's why the change in anonymity alone will likely not eliminate graffiti tagging. The real thing I think will make a difference is semantic analysis and algorithmic devaluation of tags that are not semantically relevant to the thread.
1) Tags are going to me made public. This will reduce the cowardly, anonymous insults posted through tags