Corey Doctorow dumps OSX for Ubuntu 441
As a business person, I find interaction with lawyers inevitable, but I still prefer to keep it to a minimum... the occasional contract review at most. Also, I don't believe in threatening someone with legal action. I'll do my best to resolve a dispute without involving lawyers, but if I must, the other party will learn about it when they receive a letter or summons. I operated under a similar philosophy when I was a bartender. Always polite and personable to the customers, but very few second chances if they started causing problems... don't threaten to bounce them, just bounce them.
That being said, I've pretty thick skin when it comes to interactions on the Internet. Personal insults don't particularly matter to me and false allegations are usually easily refuted with the truth. It would need to be something rather egregious before I would unleash the legal attack dogs.
Oh, and for those that think the anonymity of the Internet is a shield, don't count on it. Most ISPs just hand over your personal info at the first hint of a legal filing. Hell, many will even gladly hand over their entire customer list for a meager marketing fee. I wish it was not so, but that is the world we live in. Just another reason that good manners is a practical matter. There is always a slim chance that the person you insult is a nut with deep pockets and a lawyer on speed-dial.
PLEASE SMILE A little girl walked to and from school daily. Though the weather that morning was questionable...