- Jun 15, 2010
I understand why you're doing this Dave.Folks,
I've made the decision to pull a thread about the NamaWineLake list from the site.
There are a few concerns, which primarily center around the likelyhood of comments being made by users on the site that may impugn or defame members of the public who have done nothing wrong in any way.
The NamaWineLake list is a fine piece of work I'm sure, however, the "associations" column invites suspicion and commentary about people who may have no relationship with Nama. It could therefore lead members of this website to make defamatory remarks about those people "associated".
As we have seen today, even elected members of parliament are being pursued for remarks they've made about developers (who through no fault of their own) have found their loans in Nama.
Secondly, having loans moved to Nama does not in any way suggest a developer or any other bank debtor has assets that are not performing.
We want Politics.ie to be a place for quality, responsible and open debate, however the concern is that users of the site make accidentally be misled by this data, and posting remarks here that contain errors (and it's happened three times in a thread in question) leaves users here wide-open to potential defamatory proceedings.
The Terms and Conditions that users agree to by their use of Politics.ie are clear, that users are responsible for what they post on Politics.ie. But we need to be responsible here too.
To that end, whilst we're happy to encourage people to read the blog in question (we're hugely in favor of sources for users to read on) in this situation we have to ask that commentary on the document (including the "associations" or anything else) not be done on Politics.ie.
It's unfortunate, and it's not something I'm particularly happy with, but we must ensure responsible and open discussion, but also we all as users have obligations surrounding the absolute accuracy of the remarks we make here on Pie.
However the constitutional provisions protecting one's "good name" [along with private property] are a major impediment to open government and provide a convenient cover for corruption. Countries with more open-ness [& more equality] are much less corrupt & thus, much more prosperous.