Posted by SandraS on April 18, 2002 at 17:56:04:
In Reply to: Re: Idaho Statesman posted by LLB on April 18, 2002 at 16:58:51:
Your disclaimer says that you may use the messages in an article, without identifying the author's name. Explain to me how this justifies taking a message from Robin Hatcher that she intended for this board only and sending it to a newspaper? I'm afraid I don't see the connection here.
Look, I can understand a bad impulse. We're all given to them. But I think you do owe the posters on this board some kind of reassurance of privacy of use. Your disclaimer doesn't state we can use what you say in an article and any way we want to.
Do you honestly not understand the embarrassment you've caused this author? I don't condone her remarks, but we've all said things we've regretted. She told the readers on this board her side. We could choose to believe it or not. But in sending remarks she never intended or gave permission to use to the newspaper, you have embroiled her in something she may never have wanted. What gives you the right?
Let's take this a step further. What is to prevent you from taking any messages from authors on this board and posting them on other web sites, sending them out to an email list of readers, disclosing them to other publications? You've already crossed that line, so how are we supposed to believe that you won't do that?