What really gets me is the speed people reach for the lawyers. What harm would there have been for the email to drobe if the threat of law had been omitted - you know, asking for an apology first and then saying "here comes the guns, last chance bucko". It's called making a mountain out of a molehill and really makes the one making the threat (idle or not) as being (IMHO) somewhat gun-ho. Of course, the emailer to drobe could claim that they have a reputation to uphold.
If the email had asked for a simple apology *without the lawyer threat*, then people would probably have said "he deserves an apology for what was said", the apology was made and all goes on with the world. No reputations tarnished. No-one injured. However, with the threat comes the line "he deserves an apology, but there is no way in hell that I'm going to apologise if someone holds a legal gun to my head" then sure, there is an apology, but the reputation of the emailer becomes tarnished.
Some claim to have been libelled without ever really knowing what libel is as well.
How can I say this, well, lets just say I had emails from certain RISC OS companies claiming I've libelled them for comments on usenet and of course, who can forget the number of times a certain loon claimed libel against me on usenet...
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