My partner has just come back from a solicitors, she has been given the number to a legal firm that deals with civil law and specialise in a couple of areas.
It seems that "Bullying" and "Intimidation" and other forms of manipulation including threats and encouraging people to gang up as well as slanderous remarks are illegal in anycase and...
a) the forum board owners are liable to prosecution
b) banning of people on forum boards is deemed as discrimination agains an individual and can be punishable by a fine.
c) failure to adhear to the law can lead to compensation being awarded, the board owners and culprits being sent to prison for continued humiliation.
So if the person being banned is the forum bully, etc then they can be banned in acordance with the law, if they dont, then the board owners are liable to a trip to prison.
If the person has bent the forum rules, banning them is discrimination.
If the person is banned without reason, its discrimination.
I was needless to say surprised when my partner told me, finally we can do something about the w*****s on a forum board that have abused my partners good name and character for nearly 4 years.
So if they then ban her because of a letter from her solicitors, she has then squarely got them for discrimiation.
Basically the forum board owners under the current laws should have stomped on this little ring of individuals so they have broken the law and they could face a fine plus compensation for all the activitys and animosity towards my partner. She believes that the individuals are nothing to do with the forum owner..oO(in my mind the ringleaders are the board owners)
Its amazing what you learn in daily life and legal stuff. So beware next person you ban on your forum!