In posting a message to agora-business with the subject
"Maximize your website's traffic!", Steve committed the Crime of
Misrepresentation by stating, on or around lines 12-13 of the
body of the message,
"If your website isn't located in the top-30 listings of
these engines, chances are your site will never be seen."
Called by: Chuck
Had their turn: Ørjan, Blob, Murphy, Peekee, Vlad, Kolja A.,
elJefe, Michael, Morendil, Elysion, Crito
Already served: -
By request: -
On Hold: -
Called by Chuck: Fri, 30 Apr 1999 01:07:45 -0500
Assigned to Beefurabi: Fri, 30 Apr 1999 10:04:20 +0200
Judged FALSE by Beefurabi: Fri, 30 Apr 1999 16:56:54 -0500
Judgement published: as of this message
Rule 1497 defines Misrepresentation as follows:
A Player who presents as correct information which e believes
to be incorrect as part of any message sent to the Public
Forum or in response to a request for information which that
Player is required to provide commits the Crime of
Misrepresentation, a Class C Crime.
The content of http://www.egroups.com/group/agora-business/651.html
regardless if it is from Steve or not from Steve, does not pertain to
the Agora process. Which would be grounds for dismissing this CFJ.
Since the statement under question is not about the effectiveness of
the services advertised in the message but about Steve's commission
or not of a crime, 1565.iii cannot be invoked. A clarification is
therefore in order:
Misrepresentation, according to 1497, requires three elements:
1: the player must present information as correct
2: the player must believe that information to be incorrect
3: the information must be sent to the Agoran PF or be within
an official Agoran response of some kind.
element one is not present in message business.651 Whatever the
motivations of whoever sent that message to the public forum, I am
not convinced that they did so to present the claims therein as
There is more to "presenting" information than merely distributing
Steve may or may not have distributed the information in question;
either way he did not "present it as correct."
Steve is fully aware that being in the top-30 listings of search
engines is not the only way for a web site to be found.
Evidence attached by the Caller: