To the SDMB Management:
I’ve been following, with some personal involvement, the sagas of the various recent bannings, and why they’ve occurred.
I note in our current agreement:
IMHO, this needs to be extended with “and will not dispagage another poster on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, etc.” It would, in view of past events, be appropriate to add “and will not wilfully injure the known professional reputation of another poster by your remarks.” Since for most professional people, their professional reputation constitutes their “stock in trade,” this seems to me a reasonable addition.
Most importantly, I would add “You agree to hold the Chicago Reader, Inc., and its agents and assigns harmless in the event of any legal dispute arising as a result of posts made to this board. You agree not to yourself institute any legal action against the Chicago Reader, Inc., or against its agents or assigns unless said agent or assign wilfully acts to your injury in contravention of this agreement and refuses to correct the situation on reasonable request.”
After having the Reader’s lawyers review and revise the language appropriately, I would add these in as part of what new members agree to. And I would place them in the announcements section, along with a comment that by continuing to post to this board, current members are agreeing to those terms.
Nothing could take this board out of service faster than any whiff, however ill-founded, that the Reader was exposed to legal liability on the basis of what one of the Teeming Millions has to say.
IANAL or associated with the Reader in any way other than as a poster on this board. But this needs fixing in my opinion.