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What is the name of your state? North Carolina.

However, the server with the actual posts is housed in Oregon.

Myself and about 10 others were taking part in a conversation on a message board that is unmoderated, and also is private. As in, there is no way to enter a password to be on this message board, only a member may be on it.

In this conversation, we were talking about an individual and said some things that were not very nice. These posts referred to her loving snakes so much shed give birth to one, and not only that but other comments were made about how these snakes would come out (like Aliens from the movie).

Some other jokes were made, but again all in private where nobody in the public could see.

One person decided to take a screenshot of this, and send it to the above mentioned third party. Now she has informed me that she is speaking to a lawyer at 1pm today and is looking to sue.

Im not justifying my actions, and perhaps some forethought should have been put into it, but whats done is done.

The posts were in a private location (not public) and she was only mentioned with her first name, no other names were given or any of her other personal information.

What grounds does she actually have?

Does she know your Full Name and Address? If not flame away. The chances of her getting you are slim to none and slim left town.

However. Either way it is more or less her blowing off steam. THis was done on an internet messageboard. It was a private board and was said in the beleife it would not be posted. Also os the info you made jokes about true? Do you believe she would have a snake if it were possible? Does she love the snakes as much as you say.? Remember if it is true it isnt slander.


Junior Member
Actually she DOES have my full name and address and all of that (we used to date). She does love snakes that much, I dont think she'd give birth to one.. but it was very hard core in a private forum.


Flying Wolf, what claim do you think this woman will have against the writer of the posts?

What difference does it make if the comments were made on a public board or a private board?
Frankly I think she has no claim at all. She can try and if she finds a nice liberal judge she may win a claim of defamation but other then that she really has no recourse.

As I said he screwed the pooch. Its his old girlfreind. Like I said. Next time he should think before he talks.

And um BB was your post directed at me or the OP?

Either way the guy needs to make sure to think before he acts next time.
I feel that the whole "im going to sue you" part of this was just to scare the guy and his ex GF has no chance of making a case out of this.

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