As someone who gauges the quality of a blog post by the number of comments it receives, the number of irate complaints and emails it is responsible for and, when it’s really successful, the number of phone calls and solicitors letters it precedes, it’s with a warm heart that I pay tribute to TripAdvisor.
The hotel and guest house reviews website has, for many years, given power back to the people with regards to complaining about poor service, shoddy accommodation and generally woeful holiday experiences. Now, rather than do something about their service, the hotels that came in for a bashing are instead ‘threatening’ legal action against the website for defamation of character.
It has been my experience on many, many occasions that those who ‘threaten’ legal action, don’t. Just the same as those who threaten to punch you in the face don’t. When a smack, or legal action, is forthcoming it just happens – without the hissy fit threats beforehand.
However, even if in this case the companies involved do make good on their threats I wouldn’t worry if I were in TripAdvisor’s shoes, or rather server space, as any successful case against them would open the door for every reviews website to be sued – and there are millions, including the very successful (and my personal favourites) blagger.com and ciao.co.uk – the latter owned by Microsoft – so TripAdvisor is in good company and won’t have anything to worry about.
If your hotel’s shit, do something about it – don’t complain when someone spreads the word.
The website CSAhell.com featured a story on its Facebook page today about a New Fathers For Justice protest outside the CSA offices in Dudley. The protest saw fathers dressed up as various superheroes, including the Pope. There was also a mother there as Wonder Woman – just in case anyone thought NF4J was an exclusively male domain.
What is interesting however is the comments this post attracted on the Facebook page, where many people offered their support for the fathers in their protest. One person though, Jamie Smith, wrote the following scathing insult about the New Fathers 4 Justice:
“what a joke – a load of blokes who cudnt keep their pants on and expect to get away without paying. Id pay some of them to jump off some ver tall buildings with their batman suits on – then we’ll see how man they are lol”
Jamie Smith is insinuating that all of the fathers mentioned in the story refuse to pay any maintenance to their children, and he’s suggesting that they all commit suicide by throwing themselves off the roof of a building, with his blessing.
This seems very uncalled for, but Jamie Smith has made similar comments on the Facebook page before about fathers and their dealings with the CSA. So what does Jamie do for a living? He works for the Child Support Agency of course – it says so on his profile page.
This CSA worker has posted on a public page, where people go to get advice about the CSA, his views on how the fathers in question should kill themselves, and that he’d even pay them to do it. Jamie is typical of the sort of person working for the CSA which, in itself, should tell you all you need to know about the values of the organisation.
Hopefully the CSA will take action against Jamie Smith and other members of its staff who choose to insult already emotionally traumatised people via the Internet.
One of the websites I work on, WhatDVD.Net, has given away some great DVDs and Blu-Rays over the years – but this latest competition (launched today) has what must be the best prize ever offered by the website. The latest prize on offer over at WhatDVD.Net is for all three Lord of the Rings films on Blu-Ray (released next Tuesday in the USA) as well as a bag of LOTR goodies.
The bag of preciousss goodies contains seven bookmarks, each with different characters from the three films, a LOTR scented candle, a New Zealand Jade necklace, a Return of the King pendant and a pack of LOTR playing cards.
There’s also a final mystery prize being shipped over from Warner Brothers now, and it will be added to the prize pot next week.