You can’t publish that (and other wiki war stories)


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Do cruise passengers have enough rights?
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You Can’t Publish That! 3 Wiki War Stories and What You Can Learn From Them
A funny thing happened about a year ago to the consumer advocacy wiki that I edit. It disappeared. Find out what happened next in my column. (By the way, I have some exciting news about this site … stay tuned.)

Who would you ban from your car this summer?
I can’t remember the last time I asked you for help mediating one of my own disputes. But I could use a little help with this one. We’re trying to figure out whose music gets blacklisted from our car this summer. No, really. Vote in the poll now.

How to tell the TSA how to do its job – and how to get it to listen
If you’re afraid a TSA agent might bungle your screening when you fly somewhere this summer, maybe you should do what John Klapproth did when he was traveling from Seattle to Anchorage recently. Find out how he made the TSA do the right thing.

Should I help get a refund for a “disastrous” hotel stay?
The Sunswept Beach Hotel, a budget hotel on Barbados’ western coast, promises visitors they will be left “wanting for nought.” But when Josh Trevers checked in for a recent stay, he was left wanting for something: a working air conditioning to take the edge off the Caribbean heat. Should I mediate his case?


I had a little dust-up on Wednesday when readers flagged what they considered to be a “NSFW” photo of two hands over a bare female chest. It was, I thought, a completely decent picture. Here’s my parting shot, for all those of you who were offended: I understand. I run a consumer advocacy site, and sometimes, in order to make a point, I use photos that get your attention. This one certainly got mine. But it was not obscene.

One thought on “You can’t publish that (and other wiki war stories)

  1. The photo was certainly not obscene, and it illustrated the topic. People who expressed ire that the photo was NSFW should not be surfing the internet at work.

    The most innocuous websites often have very lascivious and gratuitous pictures tagged onto them (and this photo was neither). Surfing any website at all runs the risk of these photos popping up. If this is a problem at anyone’s work site, then they should not be surfing the internet at work.

    If I was paying my hard-earned money to employees who spent their time on my dime surfing the internet, I’d think about finding some employees who gave an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.

    BTW, I don’t think it says much for the character of a person who is more outraged by a photo that partially reveals a woman’s breasts than they are about the federal government forcing millions of women to have their breasts fondled by low-level employees.

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