My partner uses a forum for a band which is unmoderated, the band believe in freedom of speech and feel that their target audience are mature enough to behave responsibly.
How wrong they are, as my partner has been the subject of a barrage of abuse and potentially libellous comments claiming she's fraudulently claiming disability benefit and a motobility car. And this is off someone she allowed to share her house FOC whilst he was homeless after his wife threw him out. She said he could stay a fortnight, but he stayed for 5 months before disappearing into the night leaving no forwarding address to send the bailiffs letters for tens of thousands in unpaid credit card bills.
We emailed the site webmaster and got no response, so my partner contacted the band via Facebook and she got a response back with a comment about freedom of speech etc.
So we politely responded that freedom of speech is a privilege not a right in this country, and free speech does not allow you to post lies and threats in a public forum.
That worked, after a fashion, as the posters have all removed their posts but replaced them with very sweary and grumpy complaints about my partner threatening to sue the band - again this is a lie as we only threatened to get a solicitor to issue a take down notice.
I'll not post a link to the forum, or mention the name of the band, but FE has seen the forum after the removal and doesn't approve...
That's why Personnel details should not be used on the web, She should change any nicknames she uses and passwords also any e-mails that's been created for a site and the way she posts comments, So others will not know who they are dealing with. even us a name that will lead them to think its a man not a woman.
None of which tells me why this forum is so great. There have been thinly veiled allegations of many kinds here before, and and pretty nasty things are said, which seems to be fine as long as they're not "sweary" things.
If these blood red patches keep appearing on this forum I shall be giving up following the threads. Then there is also that advert that can only deter people from using whatever it is advertising. How long is this going to go on for?