With moderators using fake names as avatars, handles and screen names, you do not even know the source of the information they provide, or their credentials or experience levels or even they have the legal age to conduct a community. Also it is under suspicious the fact that, in Acclaim TOS, the voluntary are not mention and in rules of conduct the attributes they have are not written. If they are not even worth to mention, what is the reality ? Where they stand ?
Moderators are individuals (or groups of individuals) whose job it is to look after the running of the forums from day to day. They have the power to edit or delete posts and lock, unlock, move, delete and split topics in the forum they moderate. Generally moderators are there to prevent people going off-topic or posting abusive or offensive material.
Could forum owners be held liable if harassment from moderators occurred?
Yes. The owner could be held responsible if they “incited” the defamatory remarks or if they selectively edit or delete the comments. They do incited in 9Dragons forum from the alternative avatars. Moderators of internet forums are liable for content posted on their sites. Also, as Frawley staded : “established case law suggests an employer can be liable for even unauthorized publication of allegations by an employee when that publication occurred in performance of an employee’s authorized acts”.
The fact that the moderators chose an improper method of performing the job does not shield the owner from liability and certainly this logic can be applied to forum where the owner has encouraged legitimate discussion of reliable businesses.
Love the ~facepalm~. Now we have phisical violence on forum and comes from a moderator.
A typical case of alternative avatars which can’t debate :
First reply from Ebisumaru is not even a grammatical answer.
margeman2k3 did not even notice that Ebisumaru is off-topic and post directing the anger. Why he didn’t notice that Ebisumaru answer is spamm? Because he knows who is Ebisumaru and on that ground he let him free.
[VGM] Strider could not hold is back, acording to his past and enforce the reputation card, which has 0 value in a virtual world. In his mind, the player who is against the mods and VGMs system will suffer from bad reputation because as it is obvious in this topic they will try make that image for the player posting from multiple accounts.
The standars are so low, that I put myself a question : they have the legal age to conduct the forum ? As I said they are responsible even they post from alternative avatars on the webside owners name.
- This is from 9D forum : mods
Now use the search button on each forum and see the contribution they made. In most of the cases, the weapon used to enforce something : the alternative avatars, the ~off-topic~ argument, ~you attack me~ ( lock, delete), even you attack the ideas, the RofC spamming, which is vague, because spamm is not even define in RofC.
Questions : Are this people in their right mind to conduct a community? The coalition agains players (multiple accounts from same mod, VGM, the alternative) is a social online virtual phenomen of the weak minds? Is Acclaim hold responsible for their behavoir? Having no know legal base ( we don’t know the background), they can be held responsible in the Court of Law?