Originally Posted by Draygoes
Police that may not deal with it fast enough?
Although, again, you do make a good point.
Still, I believe that a preemptive response is a good solution for a problem like this. I mean, would you prefer a war in the streets? (Although, that could happen anyway, its harder for them to do when everyone knows who they are and runs them off.)
We have a rule of law in a civilised world for a reason.
If I say that you're a paedophile, and publish your home address it'd make your life hell, you may come to harm, you may even be killed.
If I tell the police that you're a paedophile, then they investigate in due course, it might not be quick enough for the liking of a lot of victims of crimes, but when the police eventually clear you, it'll be clear and obvious exactly why the rule of law and due process exists.
Just putting stuff online is dangerous, there can be cases of mistaken identity.
I have what you'd think was a very unique name,
in fact if you look at this site that uses census data to track the spread of surnames over a century
Great Britain Family Names
You'll find that my family name existed in only 1 county 130 years ago, and only exists in about 3 counties (in the same area now).
Yet someone entirely unrelated, who I have never met, and never had anything to do with:
shares the same name (first name, and surname) is around the same age and lives about 15 miles away.
With such a unique name, someone from anonymous would feel fairly confident that they had gotten the right guy, even when they actually have the wrong guy, who happens to share a very unique name, living in a small country etc as someone else.
Anyone who supports this is a bit of an idiot, who hasn't thought it through.
I can only hope that when (not if) the first time a crime is committed using these details that the people who published those details are also on trial as accessories to those crimes.