Namepros is a diverse community with members all over the world. They speak many different languages and are in all timezones.
All of us want a problem solved as fast as possible, this causes some to skip using the search function and finding their problem is easily fixed with step by step instructions.
The bigger problem is people start threads with sensationalist or accusatory titles. NameSilo is subject to one of these threads today.
This can present some problems, the biggest one being the potential to be sued for defamation of character/libel.
Your Right to Sue: What Constitutes Defamation?
Defamation is an intentional false communication that harms the reputation of a person in the eyes of the public. In legal jargon, a plaintiff asserting a claim for defamation must allege and prove that the defendant made false, defamatory statements of or concerning the plaintiff, which statements were published to a third person and caused injury to the plaintiff’s reputation. The two types of defamation are slander, which is defamation involving an oral communication, and libel, which is defamation expressed by print, writing, pictures, or signs.
The defamatory words must be communicated to some person or entity other than the defamed person or business. For example, if someone sends an e-mail or a private Facebook message to you or your business without copying anyone else or posting it so that others can see it, it does not constitute defamation, even if it is false.
If the slander or libel consists of statements about your business or profession and the words are defamatory by themselves, without further explanation, it is considered defamation “per se.” That means you do not need to prove in court that you or your business were damaged by the defamation; such damages are presumed. If the defamation is not “per se,” you would need to prove that the defamation caused you an actual monetary or economic loss.
The majority of these over the top threads avoid legal hot water but find other problems.
1) Members are getting tired of them, they are reporting these posts, not providing any help because they are put off by the title.
2) Thread starters who repeat these tactics are getting place on ignore and the thing about that is you don’t know who is ignoring you. So you might think everyone is a potential customer, advice giver, etc… But no, they don’t even see you. The threads just become popcorn threads where people start to give it back to the thread starter in an unproductive way.
3) Companies are less likely to put your issue at the top of the list. You just called them a fraud, a scam, idiotic, with little to no proof.
So it’s better to start a thread with a less antagonistic title, people will help you quicker and respect your issues more.