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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2006 4:36 pm 
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http://technology.guardian.co.uk/news/s ... 44,00.html

Warning to chatroom users after libel award for man labelled a Nazi

· High court orders lecturer to pay £10,000 damages
· Lawyers say case confirms existing law applies on net

Owen Gibson, media correspondent
Thursday March 23, 2006
The Guardian


A political argument that erupted in a remote corner of cyberspace and descended into vicious name-calling could lead to a spate of libel actions by contributors to internet message boards, the man at the centre of the case claimed yesterday.

The dark side of the blogosphere was revealed by a libel action brought by Michael Keith-Smith, a former Conservative party member who stood for Ukip in Portsmouth North at the last election. He said he was moved to sue after a woman with whom he was debating the merits of military action in Iraq began a campaign of name-calling that started by describing him as "lard brain" and culminated in falsely labelling him a "Nazi", a "racist bigot" and a "nonce".

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If we start counting now we should be able to make a tidy little sum by the end of the year :lol: Seriously though, this answers our questions doesn't it? The same libel laws apply in cyberspace as elsewhere. Doesn't bother us anymore though - since we cleaned up our act. :P

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Has anyone been using the chat room here? I might have to get on some time.

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Ok... I have finally fixed (and completely revamped) the chat room here. This should actually be a stable chatroom now and I would really like folks to try it out. There are a couple of fun features and it should work on everyone's computer, regardless of platform. Let me know what you think.

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Uhh.. Meadow?Swamp?Forest? I'm confuzzled!

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Uhh.. Meadow?Swamp?Forest? I'm confuzzled!

Heh... those are different "rooms" in the chat area that you can go into. It is a throwback to an old chat system we used to have that had a whole bunch of rooms with those (and other) names.

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Ok, I'm an idiot... :oops: I've fixed the code that appears at the top of every page on the system that says "There are X users on the EnviroChat right now... join in" so that the links there actually work. Try them and you can get to chat with folks here in real-time as well as posting messages to the boards.

That chat is only going to work if you participate!

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josh knauer wrote:
Ok, I'm an idiot... :oops: I've fixed the code that appears at the top of every page on the system that says "There are X users on the EnviroChat right now... join in" so that the links there actually work. Try them and you can get to chat with folks here in real-time as well as posting messages to the boards.

That chat is only going to work if you participate!

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I'm participating! :lol:

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