- Dec 5, 2010
I...honestly...am not too sure about that. Muxwell's actions, while probably within his rights within the bounds of a private forum, could be construed as something else in the eyes of the right people...Makabriel said:You have no rights on a private forum. They can delete anything they want to. Doesn't mean there won't be retaliation by the users, and make you look like a complete D!@k, but thems the breaks.GamemasterAnthony said:Hmmm...I wonder what would happen if someone dared to, I don't know...threaten Muxwell with litigation for violating people's rights to their opinions? Seriously...I say hit these idiots with the potential for the worst case scenario and they may stop this bullcrap.
What do you think, Jim?
*gets some weird looks* Hear me out.
Let's be honest here: What EXACTLY was the point of deleting negative comments about the game? The only purpose I could see would be to make the game look better than it actually was so people would buy it. Essentially artifically inflating the "goodness" of the game to intice people to buy what is basically a defective product. Any good prosecuting attorney could easily take Muxwell's actions and not only make a good case for fraud, but also open the door to further investigations against other developers on Steam. Not exactly something Steam wants, to be honest.
Even worse is that Steam could be caught in it! Because Steam allows guys like Muxwell to delete negative reviews, the same prosecutor could say that Steam "allowed" it to happen and thus were culpable...possibly even being called an accomplice after the fact. (Sounds extreme, but I've seen a few news stories where something like that had taken place...usually involving employers who let their employees do whatever.) Only way Steam could avoid be named in such litigation would be if Steam itself brought charges against Muxwell and others who engaged in such practices.
Truthfully...I don't know if this COULD happen. I'm no law expert nor do I pretend to be. I'm just seeing the worst case scenario here. Now that what Muxwell did has been made public, I can't help but think that there will be SOME kind of backlash as a result...legal or otherwise...that will hurt Steam as a result. Just my 2 Zenny on that.