Has Topix affected you?
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Writer

Campbellsville, KY

#1 Oct 22, 2008
I'm writing a story talking about how discussions on topix have affected people in their daily lives. Since this is an uncensored forum, anything can be said about anyone, true or untrue, 100% anoymously. While it is beneficial in some ways, i have seen threads that talking about individuals, businesses, etc. that could be very harmful. I need some material for my article, so if anyone has any input or an example the way Topix has affected you, i would appreciate your input.
my view

Elizabethtown, KY

#2 Oct 22, 2008
Writer wrote:
I'm writing a story talking about how discussions on topix have affected people in their daily lives. Since this is an uncensored forum, anything can be said about anyone, true or untrue, 100% anoymously. While it is beneficial in some ways, i have seen threads that talking about individuals, businesses, etc. that could be very harmful. I need some material for my article, so if anyone has any input or an example the way Topix has affected you, i would appreciate your input.
Many people that I speak with say that the only reason they visit topix is for "damage control" so to speak. They feel compelled to check in to make sure that they,their business, friends or family are not being slammed on here. It is frustrating annoyance that people in this area are adapting to. It is ashame that a medium like this can run without any supervision or real moderation. I feel a petition should be started mandating that any user on this forum would have to be registered therefore all would be accountable or they could not get on here. That simple move would correct the injustice.
Agreed

Gradyville, KY

#3 Oct 22, 2008
my view wrote:
<quoted text>Many people that I speak with say that the only reason they visit topix is for "damage control" so to speak. They feel compelled to check in to make sure that they,their business, friends or family are not being slammed on here. It is frustrating annoyance that people in this area are adapting to. It is ashame that a medium like this can run without any supervision or real moderation. I feel a petition should be started mandating that any user on this forum would have to be registered therefore all would be accountable or they could not get on here. That simple move would correct the injustice.
I agree, however sometimes if a person discusses a subject such as a place of employment then their freedom of speech subject them to punishment or termination. My wife asked a question to fellow employees about the moral at their work place and she used her real name. After a few days she was questioned and notified that some employees were terminated for blogging about work on myspace. She was worried that a simple question would spark conversation that could lead to her being fired. If registration is to be required then there needs to be a safeguard to protect our freedom of speech. Now with that in mind there needs to be a way to discourage people from spreading misinformation and outright lies.
If there is to be a petition for registration sign me up!

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.~Mark Twain
Beano

Elizabethtown, KY

#4 Oct 22, 2008
Nice post. Keep it going.
elkhorn

Elizabethtown, KY

#5 Oct 24, 2008
let me tell you, I had about 7 pages of my life discussed on a forum in another town, and a few people said some really bad things that were not true. I broke those people {who would not state their real name by the way}, by posting something back about them that wasnt true either and in some cases I used the name they were using. for example if someone with the name "BAD ATTITUDE" said something that was being totally rude and un true,I would post my name as BAD ATTITUDE and say something back about them, and it wasnt something good lol. and then there were the others who made comments and when I replied back to what they had said it was usually something bad enough that they decided they needed to quit while they were ahead. it was entertaining for a while, but some people just dont know when to quit and you feel sometimes like you are on trial trying to defend yourself. some people get satisfaction out of talking trash about others when all it is is jealousy, and when they are talking about you, theyre only giving some other poor soul a break...
definately

Elizabethtown, KY

#6 Oct 24, 2008
I totally agree 99.9% of the topics are gossip and you never know when you or someone you know might be on topix getting talked about.Damage control,i agree.
my view wrote:
<quoted text>Many people that I speak with say that the only reason they visit topix is for "damage control" so to speak. They feel compelled to check in to make sure that they,their business, friends or family are not being slammed on here. It is frustrating annoyance that people in this area are adapting to. It is ashame that a medium like this can run without any supervision or real moderation. I feel a petition should be started mandating that any user on this forum would have to be registered therefore all would be accountable or they could not get on here. That simple move would correct the injustice.
get a new job

Elizabethtown, KY

#7 Oct 24, 2008
Agreed wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree, however sometimes if a person discusses a subject such as a place of employment then their freedom of speech subject them to punishment or termination. My wife asked a question to fellow employees about the moral at their work place and she used her real name. After a few days she was questioned and notified that some employees were terminated for blogging about work on myspace. She was worried that a simple question would spark conversation that could lead to her being fired. If registration is to be required then there needs to be a safeguard to protect our freedom of speech. Now with that in mind there needs to be a way to discourage people from spreading misinformation and outright lies.
If there is to be a petition for registration sign me up!
A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.~Mark Twain
By moaning about her emloyment to others about the job, she was contributing to the low moral. And that,in many business settings is certainly a reason for termination.If she doesn't like it there, she should get another job.
yes

Elizabethtown, KY

#8 Oct 24, 2008
yes -- damage control. i first heard of topix because some kid thought my son wrote something bad about him and started a bunch of rumors here about my son. my son did not write the original post about this guy, nor had he heard of topix before.

ever since then i check in often and have found a couple topixs about other ppl i know and had them deleted. i have also written several times to have topixs with ppl's full names on them deleted even tho i don't know them cause i know how bad it is to have rumors going on about you and you might not even know about it. a lot of ppl don't have computers or might not know about this forum.

i don't know how this forum can be allowed to operate with out having ppl register and without having moderators. i have been online for years and never seen any other forum like this. it's a disgrace to the community.
Writer

Campbellsville, KY

#9 Oct 24, 2008
Do you think that a simple registration is enough accountability for people to stop spreading lies? At what point would censorship be crossing the line of protecting the first amendment? I think these are the kinds of questions that we need to ask to compare what Topix represents to what the first amendment was initially intended for.
Interesting

Hermosa Beach, CA

#10 Oct 25, 2008
Hey, Writer --

-- I'm a filmmaker and have thought about the possibilities of a documentary based on some of the points you made. Very interesting. Wish we could join forces.
need to realize

United States

#12 Oct 25, 2008
I too have had a topic devoted to me containing falsehoods, misinformation and outright lies. People need to realize the damage that is done to people's families, jobs, and general well being when this forum is used to harm people.

The ONY reason i visit this site now is to troll and hope that it doesn't happen again.

People need to realize that at some point it will be their life that's been torn apart by topix.
The first amendment

Cecilia, KY

#14 Oct 25, 2008
Writer wrote:
Do you think that a simple registration is enough accountability for people to stop spreading lies? At what point would censorship be crossing the line of protecting the first amendment? I think these are the kinds of questions that we need to ask to compare what Topix represents to what the first amendment was initially intended for.
The first amendment does not guarantee a persons right to slander someone else and certainly not anonymously! It is illegal, just as on line gambling is. The problem is the exspense in legal fees, tracing etc.. Topix is the real criminal.
amen

Elizabethtown, KY

#15 Oct 25, 2008
The first amendment wrote:
<quoted text> The first amendment does not guarantee a persons right to slander someone else and certainly not anonymously!
amen! as to whether topix is the real criminal, i don't quite agree, but they are part of the problem, that's for sure.

as to free speech: writer, it's also illegal to shout fire in a crowded theatre.

registration may not stop it, but i bet it would put a big dent in it if people had to register with their own email and go to their email account to activate their membership. that last step would ensure that they are not registering another person's email. it's too easy as it is for people to get on here and run their mouth spreading lies and gossip.
no name

United States

#16 Oct 25, 2008
Does anyone know how to have a forum removed?
Writer

Campbellsville, KY

#17 Oct 26, 2008
Interesting wrote:
Hey, Writer --
-- I'm a filmmaker and have thought about the possibilities of a documentary based on some of the points you made. Very interesting. Wish we could join forces.
Yeah that would be very cool to work on this with someone else.
Interesting

Hermosa Beach, CA

#18 Oct 26, 2008
Writer wrote:
<quoted text>Yeah that would be very cool to work on this with someone else.
Hmm...is there a way we can get in touch?
yess

Clarkson, KY

#19 Oct 26, 2008
no name wrote:
Does anyone know how to have a forum removed?
go to feeedback a t the bottom of this page
Tim

Campbellsville, KY

#20 Oct 27, 2008
i think it's funny how people on here are such noobs. forums have been around for years and these people actually take them seriously. haha. it's nothing new people.
yess

Liberty, KY

#22 Oct 27, 2008
tim:
moderated forums, even ones that get very heated discussions -- yes, they have been around for years.

free-for-all gossip fests about anyone and everyone in your town -- no, they have not. i've been online over 10 years and never seen anything like topix.
Writer

Campbellsville, KY

#23 Oct 27, 2008
Interesting wrote:
<quoted text>
Hmm...is there a way we can get in touch?
I would be happy to exchange information, it will still be a while before i have anything good for the story, but i would definitely like to hear your ideas.

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