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Online Cry for Help

I participate in an online sports forum. Users are anonymous but can e-mail one another privately. A young man e-mailed me saying that his mom beats him up. I believe he is in his late teens and is reaching out for help, but I cant be sure. Should I advise forum moderators, who have his personal information?
Permalink Chuck W., Atlanta 
July 29th, 2007 2:08pm
I assume this was something to do with the article you linked, but I can't read it. Tell the police, who will be able to get the details from the forum mods.
Permalink man on the stair 
July 29th, 2007 2:24pm
Even if you do not report this, you might still try to learn more from this person about his situation. Or simply ask him if he wants help. Or suggest that he contact local child-protection services.
Permalink Aaron 
July 29th, 2007 2:25pm
Why do you repost the answer from the page, A? Is that your opinion? Do you agree? Do you think that is funny?
Permalink guess worker 
July 29th, 2007 2:29pm
It's because the OP is nothing more than a copy/paste from the article itself.  I strongly doubt that the person posting it here is the same one as who initially asked the question.

Also, I think that answer is sufficient.
Permalink Aaron 
July 29th, 2007 2:42pm
Why are you so offended by the idea of a copy paste to this forum?  It's an interesting question with some relevance to this forum.  I'd be curious to see people's take on it.
Permalink guess worker 
July 29th, 2007 2:43pm
Telling the police would help propagate a fascist state. Fight the power, man.
Permalink strawdog soubriquet 
July 29th, 2007 2:44pm
Who says I was offended?  They copy/pasted a question, I copy/pasted an answer.  It's not a big deal.
Permalink Aaron 
July 29th, 2007 3:00pm
> the OP is nothing more than a copy/paste

I took this to mean you were not happy with the form of the OP.
Permalink guess worker 
July 29th, 2007 3:01pm
The postings that are just copied from some other media outlet as if they're original to CoT are annoying, but at least in this case the OP provided the link. 

This particular one isn't even all that compelling ... the kid is in his late teens?  Isn't that old enough to fight back if your mom is beating you up?
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
July 29th, 2007 3:09pm
Why does that annoy you? I recall you being in favor of deleting them.  Also Ward.  Why?
Permalink guess worker 
July 29th, 2007 3:11pm
I was only in favor of deleting them if they didn't provide a link.

Why are they annoying?  I don't know.  I'm easily annoyed.  :-)
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
July 29th, 2007 3:14pm
Why?  Who cares if they provide a link?  There's the question.  It's self contained.  You could google it if you wanted.

Why force people to include the link?
Permalink guess worker 
July 29th, 2007 3:16pm
++drug tests for all mods.
Permalink pissing me off 
July 29th, 2007 3:17pm
Telling authorities is a bad decision in these cases. They will punish the parent and institutionalize the kid. Every kid in the system is more control for the government and more profit for its 'social' workers.

If the kid tells government officials, its something he needs to do on his own, with full knowledge of what will then go down so he can make an informed  decision.

Which is better? Getting ass raped by strangers called 'foster parents', or taking a beating from mom on occasion? It's up to the kid to decide that one for himself.

Personally, I would encourage him to find an exit strategy to get out of the house, and also encourage boxing or martial arts lessons to avoid these problems in the future.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 29th, 2007 3:19pm
If you don't include the link, isn't it plagiarism?  Does that not matter, even on an informal forum such as CoT?

And why SHOULD we have to google these things to figure out if it's real or not?  The OP should always provide a link, IMO.  It's common courtesy.

Oh, who am I kidding?
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
July 29th, 2007 3:19pm
> This particular one isn't even all that compelling ... the kid is in his late teens?  Isn't that old enough to fight back if your mom is beating you up?

This kid is in rhythmic gymnastic, or something. That's why his mom beats him.
Permalink pissing me off 
July 29th, 2007 3:26pm
"Does that not matter, even on an informal forum such as CoT"

no.  not really, I dont think.

why should it?  its an anonymous person posting non-commercial stuff on a small website in a backwards pool of the interweb.

who gives a shit whether its plagiarised or not?

I find the posts kind of boring in most cases, and the lack of imagination involved in copy & pasting offends me...let alone his apparent innate ability to pick out the most boring questions...

so, on the whole, Im against the posts....but I think using plagiarism laws to beat him over the head with is kind of sad.
Permalink Send private email worldsSmallestViolin 
July 29th, 2007 3:37pm
No, that's her excuse.  The reason that she beats him is that she's a psychopath.
Permalink Aaron 
July 29th, 2007 3:37pm
"I find the posts kind of boring in most cases, and the lack of imagination involved in copy & pasting offends me...let alone his apparent innate ability to pick out the most boring questions..."

Well, that too.  You'd think the OP would be so ashamed of presenting such a boring topic that they wouldn't want to take credit for it.
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
July 29th, 2007 3:38pm
> No, that's her excuse.  The reason that she beats him is that she's a psychopath.

Hmm, I guess rhythmic => beat.

The mother of a violinist would be all about the stroking.
Permalink pissing me off 
July 29th, 2007 3:44pm
"You'd think the OP would be so ashamed of presenting such a boring topic that they wouldn't want to take credit for it."

?
Permalink Oppenheimer 
July 29th, 2007 4:05pm
LOL

I was struck by that statement by AG as well.

I decided to give her the benefit of the doubt and assume she was being sarcastic.
Permalink Send private email worldsSmallestViolin 
July 29th, 2007 4:11pm

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