According to an article in this morning's L.A. Times, lawsuits against Internet flamers are on the increase. Some postings have even led to criminal charges being filed: Be careful what you say: Web sites themselves are generally (but not always) exempt - but don't think you can defame and remain anonymous: This latter point is the main one. It is all right to express an opinion, even a nasty one, such as "he's a jerk" or "she's a nut case." But presenting false information as fact, such as "he's an incompetent doctor," or "you're a prostitute," crosses the line and can subject the author to personal liability. Here's the entire article. I recommend reading it all the way through: Blogger beware: Postings can lead to lawsuits - latimes.com "The first thing people need to realize, they can be held accountable for what they say online," Baron said. "Before you speak ill of anyone online, you should think hard before pressing the 'send' button." I would venture to say that more than a couple of posts on this very board would be actionable. A word to the wise.