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8:42 pm on Sep 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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In a reaction to a post by BaseVinyl here:
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And unfortunately killed for any further comments, I really wonder how this coops with this:

Member comments are owned by the poster.

It's in every footer of the site.

The content is either public domain or the owner can ask it to be deleted. Your software limitations have nothing to do with that.

7:52 am on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Perhaps that should reflect a statement closer to, "member contributions reflect their own opinions and not necessarily those of WebmasterWorld."

I think the space continues to chart new waters here - it would definitely disrupt the content flow to have posts removed mid-stream, for example. With so much content archived (and accessed regularly), chopping out bits and pieces would really lower the readability and usefulness of a thread.

And new legal issues are cropping up all the time in the online content world. By posting here, you are choosing to publish (which means it is public). Would deleting yourself and all of your posts be the equivalent of shredding all of your papers? :)

3:42 pm on Sept 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I don't say you should/must remove content based upon user request. I'm with you that it would lower the readability of some threads.

I just found Brett's comment:

Because of data retention laws, it may - in part - possibly be illegal do so.
a bit odd. As you do delete posts/threads/users etc. yourself. You can remove it, why wouldn't a user be able to request his input removed. Especially with the footer notice. I also think it's odd to close the thread immediately. Why aren't we able to discuss the statement made?

Changing the footer could indeed be a wise choice (IMHO). As I think such a statement in every footer carries more weight than a notice in some EULA. But I'm not a lawyer, so don't take that too seriously either.

4:42 am on Sept 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Definitely food for thought. Thanks for bringing it up.
12:14 pm on Sept 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

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In a reaction to a post by BaseVinyl here:
[webmasterworld.com...]

And unfortunately killed for any further comments, I really wonder how this coops with this:

Member comments are owned by the poster.

It's in every footer of the site.

The content is either public domain or the owner can ask it to be deleted. Your software limitations have nothing to do with that.

> And unfortunately killed by Brett for any further comments,

The other question was a legal question. Huge difference - huge. Don't confuse legal questions to a site tos.

> Member comments are owned by the poster.

Which has do with liability. We are an ISP and subject to safe harbor rules. We are not responsible for what people post. Site guidelines and a tos are a completely separate issue. We are not an island in that regard. We have done alot of work in this area and it is an issue that separates us and represents a large investment in time and money. It is such an investment, we aren't getting into it here (eg: for free).

When it comes to your own forum - you need to consult your own attorney. These are the guidelines we opperate the forums under and we generally leave everything up for debate, except for legal issues.

8:30 am on Sept 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Ok, thanks Brett. I was not seeking (free) legal advise. Seems you've thought this over. I'll leave it at that.