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Why We Don't Allow Blacklists - 7/24/2007 4:55:08 AM   
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This issue comes up so often in posts by new members that we felt it necessary to make a special post about this one issue.  To be sure, there are all kinds of people in the world and, given that we (like other public websites) don't have the ability to dictate who joins our website, you will meet all kinds of people here; some very nice (like yourself), some not so much.   It is perhaps for this reason that new users are wont to post about their bad experiences with this or that person or even come up with the very original idea of making a list of all the "bad" users on the site.  As has been recounted countless times, the fundamental flaw with this idea is not that it is ill intended, it is that there is not, nor can there be, any fact checking of such claims. 

If you still believe that blacklists are a good idea then consider the following thought experiment.  Suppose that someone made up a malicious and horrible lie about you and posted it to a blacklist on the forum.  Would you want us to take it down after you informed us of your innocence or would you be fine with us leaving it up despite your most impassioned pleas that the facts alleged about you were false?  It is a pretty safe bet that you would want those false claims removed in a hurry.  Now let us suppose that true claims are posted about a real jerk attesting to what a jerk he is.  Further suppose that this jerk approaches us with the same passion you did, demanding that the true assertions about him are false and must be remove immediately.  Both you and the other user come to us claiming passionately to be innocent but which one are we to believe?  When you know the answer to that question, you will know why blacklists are not permitted.

< Message edited by ModeratorOne -- 10/26/2007 7:15:01 PM >
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