Archive for January, 2010
Public Citizen has helped numerous people keep their free speech rights:
The Wikipedia article about gripe sites:
Another list of gripe sites (along with some helpful information about starting your own):
An interesting piece about how at least some lawyers are realizing the pointlessness of threatening or suing the operators of gripe sites, noting that most of them are completely legal:
From the other side of the fence, a company trying to sell a service to shut down gripe sites (worth a read):
Another interesting article about gripe sites in general:
Want to see an awesome pair of C&D’s on a website related to insurance gripes?
http://farmersreallysucks.com/editorialtakedown1.shtml where the site admin takes the Farmers lawyers to school in his response to their C&D
http://farmersreallysucks.com/editorialarentfoxsucks.shtml same site. The admin takes the lawyers to task for being idiots.
http://farmersreallysucks.com/editorialgetafirstlife.shtml again, same site. Easily the most hilarious spoof on a C&D ever. It was written by lawyers for a company called Linden Labs who knew the fast track to infamy was threatening the little guy. They took the ball and ran it back for a positive PR touchdown. I with other companies were this enlightened.
-really sucks admin
You know, sometimes people just don’t know what to do. They are frustrated, they feel betrayed, wronged, without power to change what has happened, what is happening.
If you are one of those people, remember you are not alone. If you have a story to share, post it here. If you have a really big gripe and you want to let the world know, you can host it here for free. If you just want to vent on someone, that’s fine: vent [at] reallysucks.net.
While this site is new for gripe sites, I am not. I host one of the gripe sites out there that has been on-line for several years, in spite of legal threats, intimidation by some employees of the company (while others are quite supportive). I will collect as much information to arm yourself with as I can if you want to build a gripe site. I have most experience with California law (which is one of the better states to host something like this). My servers are in California, and I don’t cave to unenforceable threats. That said I have to cave to a court order, so be prepared if they really do sue you. The usual disclaimer: I am not a lawyer (IANAL), so the usual admonishments apply: if you ask me if something is legal or not, I’ll reply that you should ask a lawyer… But like everyone else in this world I have an opinion and I’ll be happy to share that with you.
Cheers and go get ‘em
I’ve owned this domain for a few years. Never did much with it… until now.
If you have a gripe and want to air it out, we can help you. I can host your gripe site as a subdomain for little or no cost!
If you have a simple site, with a couple static HTML pages and images, I’ll host you on a subdirectory or subdomain of reallysucks.net for no cost at all. There are a few ground rules though: Slander and Libel are not supported. If it is fact, back up your facts. If it is not fact then it is opinion, state it as so. I am a huge believer in free speech, I will support you even if I disagree with the company you’re griping about. I will not allow you to slander or libel someone on my dime No inciting violence. A protest is fine. Saying “let’s burn them to the ground and make them pay” is not.
That’s it for now. I’ll post a lot later as time permits.