Yoda and other mugs read these, some good lessons about the VerticalScope type of forum runners, forum flippers and pump and dumpers:
"3,000+ active/unregistered users
Old, inactive member accounts suddenly active
Heavy handed moderation
Incorrect information being disseminated to members in need of help
Staff shill accounts to pad their activity stats
Staff reading "Private" messages
Many, many, members are moderated, also known as "global ignore"Supporting/Subscribing members are being banned for questioning actions, no refunds
Are you surprised Yo
about how they treat lawsuit threats:
"As a business and personally we were often threatened with lawsuits to the tune of 15-25 times annually from members and businesses. There finally came a time when I felt some of the more looney members may follow up with a lawsuit over being banned, censored or because we did not remove their posts on their command.
Generally what would take place is a member would have their post(s) deleted, perhaps their url added to the censor list or even given a warning / infraction for their comments in a thread. Once punishment of the user commenced I would receive emails from those users with comments along the lines of “reinstate my account or my lawyer will be contacting you” or “you have refused me my freedom of speech, my lawyer has been contacted”. My favorite threat is usually the one where the person claims they will pretty much own me for the rest of their lives once their bulldog lawyers are done.
9 times out of 10 I would just file the emails in the trash bin and then further add the user to the firewall deny list. I would also make sure to continually & indefinitely ban them when they returned to the site(s). The banning would also be network wide. If they were a shop I would censor their URL, their contact number and any other pertinent information for contacting them.
and ofc this classic:
"Mr. Rob Laidlaw/Vertical Scope CEO has stolen membership Life Membership fees and won't return them"http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/vertical-scope/toronto-ontario-m5v-2h1/vertical-scope-rob-laidlaw-fradulant-advertising-theft-of-money-misrepresentation-of-mem-769099