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    Frank Reed's head appears. was: NavList admin
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2007 Oct 17, 14:59 +0100

    At last, after it's died down, Frank Reed has put his head above the parapet
    and commented on the recent unpleasantness that has appeared on this list
    over recent weeks. Where were you when we needed you, Frank? Why did it fall
    instead to your co-owner, Dan Allen, to say what needed to be said?
    
    And this is now what Frank has to say-
    
    | SOME SPECIFIC COMMENTS ON POSTS FROM LAST WEEK:
    
    | It seems a shame that I have to say this, but it is necessary: no member
    of
    | this group should worry about threats of libel suits (with the usual
    obvious
    | exceptions... like attacking someone's money-making business or accusing
    | someone of criminal activity). I do suspect that when George wrote that
    post
    | he was simply venting frustration and would probably retract it if he
    could.
    | I understand your frustration, George.
    
    Well, the way to avoid any such threat is to ensure that libellous words are
    not uttered by a contributor and published by the list. Frank has got it
    quite wrong. I meant every word, when I wrote, in Navlist 3372-
    
    "This business is becoming rather serious.
    
    In another poisonous mailing (Navlist 3365), Peter Fogg has referred to me
    as "dishonest". That is actionable, against both Fogg himself and also
    against the list owner, if he has taken no steps to prevent such libels. I
    have asked for some such action to be taken, in Navlist 3363, but it seems
    nothing has been done.
    
    Frank Reed, you have been warned."
    
    If Frank takes such words lightly, that is up to him.
    
    There are certain standards that need to be upheld if a list such as this is
    to work. When gross breaches of those standards repeatedly occur, it is the
    duty of a list owner to intervene, as Dan Allen realised, if Frank Reed did
    not.
    
    We all enjoy robust argument. Personal abuse is another matter, but my back
    is reasonably broad. I am not a sensitive soul, and can laugh it off. But
    libellous words take it into a different realm.
    
    George.
    
    contact George Huxtable at george---.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    
    
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