A Public Note to Mark Wieder and the Rev list:
mlange at widged.com
Sat Feb 24 05:48:54 EST 2007
I consider your email highly inappropriate. I believe you are over-
reacting. More importantly, I believe that the only thing you will
achieve is to have more emails having the potential to damage your
business ranked high in Google.
Having had contact with Mark both off and on-list I take him for one
of the most righteous person I know.
I believe your reply caused a lot more damage to your business than
Mark post ever did.
Indeed, you called his comments defamatory, while you have provided
no evidence whatsoever as to the fact that his original email
referred to events he didn't suffer from. This puts him in a lot
better position to attack you for libel than his orginal post ever
did Mark recommended persons to carefully check out the contract
before doing business. This is an excellent recommendation to give,
in *any* context.
Though I perfectly understand how the mention of the name of your
business got you perceive that as a personal attack and something
susceptible to put your business in danger, it's not clearly of a
defamatory nature to me.
Again, I understand that you wrote this out of sense of threat
against your business. However, your email to be over aggressive,
something very much akin an attempt to frighten him in order to
obtain what you want. To try to obtain something by threat is not an
excellent business practice.
Best would be to accept Richard's invitation to mediate and resolve
this off-list. Try to forget about the damage having been done and
rather think about the way you can use the situation to reinforce
your reputation. Mishaps happen to all of us. All of us end up having
one day our reputation comprised despite doing nothing wrong. The
difference between the successful ones and the unsuccessful ones is
about how we react when this happens. Fear kicks in, yes. But to
listen to fear is not wise.
> Mark, I asked you in an email to consider posting an apology/
> retraction (to no response). In the future, before posting a
> defamatory attack on someone else, you might consider contacting
> them first to resolve your differences. And before choosing to
> leave a permanent, easily searchable and malicious statement
> against them that is echoed to several public, web-searchable
> places, consider that you are committing a serious criminal offense.
> Josh Mellicker
> On Feb 12, 2007, at 7:33 AM, Mark Wieder wrote:
>> I was hoping to make the trip down south, but sadly I'll have to pass
>> on another SoCal gathering.
>> Given my recent experience, though, and on the theme of
>> I have to caution anyone against doing business with Josh
>> Mellicker or
>> dvcreators.net, especially in light of Josh's offer to get involved
>> with planning a revcon. If someone is seriously thinking about doing
>> work with them, my advice would be to get the money up front and make
>> sure there aren't any contract loopholes he can try to weasel out of.
>> But my main advice would be not to go down that road at all.
>> -Mark Wieder
>> mwieder at ahsoftware.net
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