All jokes aside about the internet being a serious business, do you think it is acceptable to take action against someone for defamation of character on an 'anonymous' on-line forum? (Obviously this means within the law, not breaking their windows - lol ).
If not, why not, and where should the line be drawn?
If it is acceptable, what methods are appropriate?
Please avoid references to any personal differences between members on this or other forums unless the case has been reported as 'news'.
Let's also keep this thread objective. You don't have to be serious, but at least avoid making it personal.
Some definitions of defamation to work from: A false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions. In law, defamation (also called calumny, libel, slander, and vilification) is the communication of a statement that makes a false claim, expressively stated or implied to be factual, that may give a negative image.
Obviously we should be talking about SERIOUS defamation of character here, not petty squabbles between online 'rivals'.
Here is a recent example from Japan http://www.google.co.uk/search?rlz=1C1GGLS_en-GBGB292GB303&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=police-