User libel on forums..moderators do nothing

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There is a user that keeps following me on every single thread, attacking, insulting and so on .. but it's not just "a troll" as the fashionable word would be .. he put a signature with my account on it and a link to the fake blog he created libelling me with partial sentences and words of what I wrote in my messages taken out of context to insult me. And he even added a picture of a fat woman on that blog claiming that that would be me. I already requested the blog service owners to remove it but they refused telling that that would "freedom of speech".
I kept reporting him to imdb.com moderators for months but nothing happened.
He even uses multiple fake accounts, he repeats the same insults and attacks on threads using his three to four on average fake accounts .. maybe he thinks to look stronger.
What should I do ? Contact FBI perhaps ?
That user clearly violated imdb.com TOS multiple times and he keeps doing that. And imdb.com does nothing.
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Sadly your only option with IMDB is to put people on ignore.

You can use the report function, but if you do than be sure to select other and than explain in detail what's going on. Once you have reported it, don't continue sending in more, it will just flood the system.

But beyond that; you can only put the person on ignore and stop paying attention to them.

IMDB does not have a moderation team and the forums are not their priority.

note: I am not an IMDB employee, just a user. But this is a regular complaint on these forums and you'll find the same repeated answer to it: report it once, than put them on ignore.
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I reported and explained with details. It's many months already. He keeps doing that. And the blog service site where he put the libel page to attack me it's still up and running.. It's a nightmare because not only Amazon/imdb.com doesn't do anything about it but that blog service support even replied me that what he does it's just "freedom of speech". Like there were no laws at all. This guy goes way beyond some childish silly jokes on forums. Creating a fake blog libelling people using fake pictures, actually pictures of other people, it's clearly a crime at least in most if not all democratic countries.
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IMDB has no control over what he is doing on other sites. Feel free to contact a lawyer if you are bothered by his behavior on other sites.

On IMDB, you can ignore them, it will make his posts not readable to you. That is all.

The fact that you keep interacting with him instead of using the ignore function is only feeding his lunacy and encouraging him.
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I stopped interacting with him long time ago. But he keeps doing that. No one stops him.
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If you have him on ignore, it won't matter. And anyone else who sees him and thinks he's a troll should also ignore him.

Let him keep ranting at an audience that is not listening and he may as well be talking to a wall
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Don't feed the trolls! If you ignore this idiot he will go away and find someone else to campaign against - hopefully not me. But if you give him feedback it will encourage him.
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Joerg,
How did this person get your real name and not just your IMDb username?

bob

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Im wondering that myself
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Joerg Parsifal

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He managed to find my yahoo account address I registered on imdb.com with. Name and email address used on other websites, info indexed on Google so he kept searching until he found what he wanted.
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If this has extended itself so far as to cross multiple websites to this degree, I think you may want to seek legal council on this.

IMDB isn't going to be able to help you with any other website anyway.

I don't know how a user would get access to your email even from IMDB; but regardless, what you are describing is stalking and its illegal.
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I am your support group. By now you should know that IMDB has a "Don't bother us, we don't care" policy regarding its forums. The trolls have won. I don't want to say it, but really nobody else is owning up to this sad reality, so I am here to advocate for the user, not IMDB.
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The system is the same as it was a couple years ago. If you continually report the same user, eventually you end up on the system's ignore list. That could be why you used to see action to reports and don't any more. The site expects you to report and ignore.

Amazon has nothing to do with this. Probably saying things like that is libel (ironically). Being a subsidiary of Amazon (1998) predates the message boards for one thing and IMDb is operated by itself and CEO and creator Col Needham. Amazon would have no reason to fire message board moderator's.

This is a clear case for, best thing to do was report then ignore.

Good luck!
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The idea is that someone will rise to the occasion at IMDB and make a meaningful change. If "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" was true, there wouldn't be libel and slander laws.
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Minor correction/addition:
If "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" was true in all cases, there wouldn't be libel and slander laws.
I have been called many things on IMDb and other sites - but I would argue that libel and slander laws do not exist to allow me to take action over a blog posting stating I'm the "IMDb-idiot-in-residence"....saying that "words are just words" is not to say that it is the same in all cases....

If OP is being libeled on another website and such information is linked to their real name, then OP should seek to challenge this...IMDb cannot shutdown another website. OP should weigh up the seriousness of the situation, take legal advice and, if required, legal action.

I imagine the legal action would target the site holding the libel and the individual behind that site - what happens to their IMDb account is neither here nor there.

bob

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Well Bob, if you acknowledge that much, that words can be harmful in degrees, then it's really not up to you (or me) to undermine or second guess the OP's complaint.
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Of course Galloway Grumblefield, it is all degrees and it is no surprise we agree on that....the squabbling silliness of children in a playground or insults on Xbox Live cannot be compared to a published piece claiming to be fact which would suggest someone is a child molester when they are in fact not.

I certainly did not (or did not mean to) undermine or second guess OP's complaint...indeed from what OP said, I was the second of a couple of users here to say that, if it is indeed what OP says, then seeking legal advice would be the correct path to consider.....

The idea that the person creating libelous websites about OP after interacting with them at IMDb should mean that IMDb should be the starting point for such action is similar to suggesting one should include a pub in legal action simply because it was where you met the journalist who then went on to slander you in a publication.

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