|Date: ||Mon, 22 Dec 1997 19:26:01 -0500|
|Reply-To: ||Anthony Ayiomamitis <ayiomamitis@IBM.NET>|
|Sender: ||"SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||Anthony Ayiomamitis <ayiomamitis@IBM.NET>|
|Subject: ||Re: Advice?|
|Content-Type: ||text/plain; charset=us-ascii|
> John wrote:
> >Several responses to this topic recognized the reality
> > of occasional unethical practices by contracting companies.
> > Unfortunately, the same responses advised against writing
> > about such experiences with these companies. In fact, the
> > advice seemed more like a warning, that is, one could be sued
> > or blacklisted as a consequence. In short, these responses
> > declared such writings as inappropriate and dangerous to > one's
> What stifling verbiage!
I have a question for both of you. For the sake of argument, let's
say that I had a "bad experience" with Karp and Associates. Can I state
publically (vis a vis SAS-L for example) that I encountered what I
perceived was a bad experience?
My definition of libel (for whatever its worth) is a statement of
the form that "Karp and Associates are a bunch of crooks.". However, a
statement of the form "I will never work with Karp and Associates
because of reason A and reason B" is not libel (in my opinion) but
simply an opinion based on personal experience (being illustrated with
reasons A and B).
Whether others want to extrapolate from my latter statement if they
feel that my reasons A and B are sufficient is something which I feel is
up to that person.
John, for example, may say that he has had good experience with Karp
and Associates whereas I may said that I have had a bad experience. Why
should I be on the defensive with my statement since it is a negative
comment on Karp and Associates and, therefore, be liable for my comment
and, yet, John have no worry about being equally responsible for his
On a slightly different note, one thing many of us have in common
with SAS-L is that we work as SAS specialists and, at times, do have to
interact with agencies. I feel that SAS-L should be used as a forum for
such experiences. Why can we (or I) step all over SPSS when comparing it
to SAS and not be able to do the same when talking about one or more
agencies? Am I not libeling SPSS in my criticism when outlining its
weaknesses against SAS?
I am big critic of SAS when in comes to their licensing structures,
absence of a compiler and one or two other matters. Is this libel? What
exactly constitutes libel? I feel that if I make a statement and attempt
to back it up with what I perceive as one or more valid reasons, I am
exercising my right of free speech and I am acting in what I perceive in
being a responsible manner by using my experiences and observations in
possibly exposing others to something they may find of interest.