Beware of spreading an urban myth

Submitted: Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 09:20
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In a recent post, with reference to probable or impending access rules, to areas adjacent to the CSR, statements have made attributing the 'new' rules to the actions by a group of people from a particular state.

This is the second time I have read these accusations on this forum and it appears that the wording was published in other publication/s.

From what I have read, it is only hearsay and that there is no substantiated evidence that the event ever occurred.

In my opinion I think that everyone using this forum should guard against perpetrating something which may be an urban myth.

It is easy to apportion blame to a singular person, a group or groups of people to justify one's indignation. But without real evidence, is it right?

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Reply By: Mr Fawlty - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 10:03

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 10:03
Totally agree Willem, I get right annoyed at the stupid emails that I get that perpetuate urban myth, The last one re Digital hearing aids & microwave ovens though I found very amusing, would cause havoc among those of us susceptible to that sort of garbage... This is a similar case.
It's a fine line to tread, one has to stick to the facts, one can't spread false or missleading information in a public forum as it leaves the spreader (not the forum owner) wide open to litigation. This also includes claims by advertisers in regard to their products.

There have been numerous actions in the courts because someone followed someones instructions on a forum such as this and those instructions caused harm or injury.

It's Ok if you have parliamentary priveliges or if what you say can be seen to be in obvious jest, but perpetuating Urban Myth is risky. Some good advice is to not forward on emails that contain stories of dubious origin
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Follow Up By: Trekkie (Member - WA) - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 21:19

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 21:19
Mr Fawlty, can you quote me a FACTUAL case (in Australia) where someone has taken court action re

"There have been numerous actions in the courts because someone followed someones instructions on a forum such as this and those instructions caused harm or injury."
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Follow Up By: Mr Fawlty - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 21:55

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 21:55
Yes I can, Can't get into the library till Monday then I will. But untill then think about the cases you have heard of in the media where people have recieved instructions on bomb making etc via various forums, also consider the closure of the MSN Chat rooms in Australia for various reasons including people giving & taking advice on drug usage among other things...
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Follow Up By: Mr Fawlty - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 22:22

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 22:22
ok, I think I can see where you are coming from....In Australia the legal system we have adopted does not protect you from your own stupidity.

If I told you that to remove a wart from your finger you should put a drop of nitric acid on it, & you did & as a consequence you suffered a bad chemical burn because of my advice then it would be me would be consequently liable. So don't do it! It does not matter how or what media I use to give you the advice, if you are stupid enough to take it & I give you false or missleading information then I am legally liable. Even if you are blind drunk, don't read the sign & dive in to the shallow end of the pool then as you may recall it was the owner of the pool who was ultimatley held responsible.

Now if in this forum I told someone how to bleed their brakes with a flawed process that subsequentially caused damage, who would be responsible? Me or the person who followed the flawed instructions?

Spreading urban myth is treated identically, struth you only have to look at a packet of breakfast cereal to see that you have to have instructions for everything these days. Ok yes serious cases only would go before the courts but still the risk is there.
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Follow Up By: Trekkie (Member - WA) - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 22:52

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 22:52
Hi Mr Fawlty - The original post is about spreading of urban myths - while I agree with everything you say - has there actually been court action as a result of stupid advice on a forum such as this - or are you perpetuating an urban myth?
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 11:17

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 11:17
Willem

Please buy the mag and have a read

Site Link

or do you only read your own writings

Richard
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 11:20

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 11:20
or this

www.western4wdriver.com.au/

as said it was a copy and paste not my words

and as said in another post it was to point out who started the mess

Richard
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 16:04

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 16:04
Hmmmm.........Richard

I was careful not to mention names.

I am acquainted with the magazine and its owner, and contributed to its pages somewhere in the dim distant past.

My point was the repeating of a percepted Urban Myth...........I have yet to see the cold hard facts.

As usual opinions of this nature awake the anger in a dormant few who come up with a variety of answers, some preaching indignation. Others cannot see the wood for the trees and slag off at me as best they can.

It is interesting that the internet has awakened these morose beings and have given them the power of typing to a digital page and conveying their purile arguments in a child like fashion

Where do I insert the 'LOL'.....:o)

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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 20:26

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 20:26
After this or do you only read your own writings
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 21:43

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 21:43
LOL....

Yes I only read my own writings. Good reading too. I can sit back and praise myself to no end.
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 11:32

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 11:32
also I left the "LOL" off the first follow up
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 13:18

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 13:18
Willem I once came across an urban myth and then married her I guess she's an urban Mythhus now!
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Follow Up By: Member - bushfix - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 13:57

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 13:57
brill bonz,

i found one too, and moved across the country because of her.

now we are married and have four beautiful kids.

Urban Mythus, i believe so.
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 17:08

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 17:08
hahaha...can i join
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 17:55

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 17:55
Bonz, I thought she was previously a rural myth until about 6 years.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 10:03

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 10:03
Bonz..then that should make you an Urban Mythtur...or is it a Rural Mythtur??? LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 11:02

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 11:02
Willie, he actually made her an Urban Mutha after all that, no myth, but I see your point. Says he has a lot of power through his hands too, possibly even when he is on holidays. Is that the myth too?
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 11:16

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 11:16
Where does one find an urban nymph?
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Reply By: Gramps (NSW) - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 17:00

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 17:00
LOL Too many more experienced hijackers here Hahahahahaha
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 17:56

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 17:56
Come on Gramps, you usually can contribute to mythology.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 18:00

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 18:00
So you understood all that crap Al, too heavy for me.
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 19:01

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 19:01
John/Ray,

Hahahahaha No, I'm only a babe in the woods in comparison to Willem, Richard and Bonz LOL It is too, too complex for me to understand.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 20:42

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 20:42
oh well let them go. We are lucky to have these guys to sort the problems for us.
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 22:18

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 22:18
I heard Waeco owners don't need permits.
Rumour has it they have enough problems!!

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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 11:18

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 11:18
Wow, what happened to this thread? Where are all the replies??? and follow ups??
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 11:19

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 11:19
7 and 37 now. How many more do you want :)))
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 11:21

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 11:21
Yes but count the follow ups only 20 on here. Moderation??? lol
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 11:24

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 11:24
Aaaahh silly me. I see your point Brew. The Moderators move in mysterious ways hahahahahahaha
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