happyskipper wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:21 pm
OMG - then it MUST be true!!
I bow my head in deference to the "aviation rumour mill",.........
..........Sorry, Mods, but I can't stand around and watch the one-sided attacks that go unanswered, because everyone is afraid of upsetting the "know-it-alls"...... go ahead and ban me from avcom, I no longer wish to participate in this trial by rumour mill process, anyway.......
It has become a tad opaque - and I somehow share your frustration, albeit that the owners of Avcom have to protect their interests as well and it has become quite a task in the modern world we live in.
On the Academy - "speculation is encouraged"
Speculation is defined as : the forming of a theory or conjecture without firm evidence.
Yet - If you post the following : It looks like the SAA pilot was drunk when he ..... etc etc ......
Even though you have no firm evidence
- and it is speculation - (call it a rumor mill process if you like) it becomes slippery.
You are forming an opinion - have no hard facts, no real intent to damage anyone - simply expressing a conjecture - yet you could be looking at defamation charges.
as Defamation is described as : the action of damaging the good reputation of someone.
Now the Pilot / or his employer could jump up and state - you have no hard evidence - therefore you are potentially damaging my reputation - and I will sue for libel / slander / defamation ..... Or legally approach Avcom and insist the post is removed as it is potentially defamation - And now you may be asked to back up your "opinion" - which was only an opinion under the Speculation side of the equation .....
I find it hard to describe things on Avcom lately.
It has come about that i know - (fact / not hearsay) about the cause of an event - yet I can not post that on Avcom - because I am not prepared to reveal the source if asked to do so. And posting it without being prepared to back it up is frowned upon - yet "speculation encouraged"
Though when I post it as "speculation" - I could find myself (or place the Mods / owners of Avcom) in a precarious position as we have seen in the SACAA / "Mauler" / Avcom saga .....
Therefore - we are stuck with the status quo - and will have to work with it.
Yet - leaving Avcom is not the solution pal ...... just work around it and we will take it from there......
ps - Thread drift - I know....
I am not a lawyer - and I am sure Eddie could elaborate further if requested - and more to the point.
All I tried to do is explain the quandary we sometimes find ourselves in .... without having to weigh everything from a legal standpoint.