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    Happy New Year everyone !! (those who will l get to 2007 in the next hours too )
    Kinda heavy issue for the first day of 2007, but hey, someone has to help you take the alcohol fumes out
    Now seriously: I started answering this thread, and I was going to advice the guy to change the local Administrator password and not reveal to anyone, and to kick out all other members of the Administrators' group.
    But then told to myself: "Wait a minute. What if something goes wrong and the guy screws things up? And no one will be able to use that computer again? How do I protect my butt from being kicked?"
    What do you think?

    Sorin Solomon


    In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
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    Re: Repsonsibilty for posting

    Hi Soriniso,
    Basically, dont worry. If the (l)user screws up, its entirely their responsibility. If you want to put a disclaimer in your signature (see Daniel's for example) by all means do so, but there's no way anyone could come back to a poster on a board threatening legal action if someone follows their advice.

    Also, from your poston the original thread, the action you propose above should be fairly obvious and if you have to spell it out word by word, the (l)user is going to have problems anyway

    So relax and enjoy New Years Day!

    Tom
    Tom Jones
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    IT Trainer / Consultant
    Ossian Ltd
    Scotland

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    • #3
      Re: Responsibility for posting

      10nx...
      I'll post a reply for him, and add few words regarding my lack of responsibility for his actions.

      Sorin Solomon


      In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
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      • #4
        Re: Repsonsibilty for posting

        Originally posted by Ossian View Post
        Basically, dont worry.
        Is there a universally agreed upon "good Samaritan" convention regarding assistance offered by these kinds of forums?

        In many countries, one can sue another over just about anything. Doesn't mean they'll win but if you've ever been the "defendant", you'll appreciate how bothersome this can be.

        So a disclaimer is a good thing to have. You should see the original version my lawyer suggested I include
        Cheers,

        Rick

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        • #5
          Re: Repsonsibilty for posting

          I think the international nature of the board would make any legal action almost impossible. I am posting from Scotland (one legal system) using an English ISP (different legal system) to a board run from Israel but hosted in the USA, offering solicited advice to a user in e.g. India. Choice of 5 different legal systems so who do you sue under?

          If the advice was paid for it would be different, but do you have any examples of legal action (successful or attempted) over postings on a volunteer technical discussion forum?

          Also, I know under Scottish law at least, disclaimers have no legal value as you cannot enforce someone reading them before moving on to the substance of the information. The do serve to wake someone up and get them thinking a bit before they act!

          Tom
          Tom Jones
          MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
          PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
          IT Trainer / Consultant
          Ossian Ltd
          Scotland

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          • #6
            Re: Repsonsibilty for posting

            OK, let's hope he will be smart enough to judge for himself.
            I'll keep trying to help.

            Sorin Solomon


            In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
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            • #7
              Re: Repsonsibilty for posting

              WE TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE FOLLOWING. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

              I use this if it seems like it may be a lot iffy.
              1 1 was a racehorse.
              2 2 was 1 2.
              1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
              2 2 1 1 2

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              • #8
                Re: Repsonsibilty for posting

                I'd just put a disclaimer and say that you take no responsibility for the actions carried out by the user using the advice you have given.

                If they really want to sue then they need to get a life. Alot of the info that many of us provides is from information gathered from many sources, including the internet so if the user really wants to fix then they should search as we have probably done in the past.

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                • #9
                  Re: Repsonsibilty for posting

                  I thought of it a lot...
                  Disclaimer should really make me feel better. On the other hand, it's like saying: "Hey, what I am telling you might be wrong. It might make you damage."
                  The issue is more the principle itself: can I be held responsible for some advice I gave someone, and he did damage to himself? Have you heard of such an action?
                  Not that it will make me stop posting or replying to the forum, though

                  Sorin Solomon


                  In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Repsonsibilty for posting

                    Ever heard of a Chinese Whisper? A joke (or story) starts at one end of the line and get passed along several people. The last person gets up and tells the joke (or story). The original words are then read out and it is always different to what the end result was.

                    The same happens here. If you post some instructions and reader A gets his friend B to follow the instructions you gave then it is bound to be different. Even if this person if following your instructions himself (or herself), then you can NOT be sure the instructions have been followed 100% exactly as you stated.

                    This is a help site. People come here to get free help to fix their problems. We do the best we can. but no guarantees are offered or implied. If they want a guarantee, then take your system to a computer shop or call a network specialist to repair the problem.

                    All care, no responsibility!!
                    1 1 was a racehorse.
                    2 2 was 1 2.
                    1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
                    2 2 1 1 2

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                    • #11
                      Re: Repsonsibilty for posting

                      Originally posted by biggles77 View Post
                      Ever heard of a Chinese Whisper?
                      We call it "Telephone" in the US.
                      Regards,
                      Jeremy

                      Network Consultant/Engineer
                      Baltimore - Washington area and beyond
                      www.gma-cpa.com

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