“NationMaster v. TDAXP,” by Curzon, Coming Anarchy, 7 Novembe, 2005, http://www.cominganarchy.com/archives/2005/11/07/nationmaster-v-tdaxp/.
Adam from The Metropolis Times, Bill from Dawn’s Early Light, Brendan from I Hate Linux, Curzon from Coming Anarchy, Ryne from Ryne McClaren: A Weblog, and others, were kind enough to blog on my recent troubles with NationMaster
As Curzon said:
I say some controversial stuff on this site but Iâ€™ve never been threatened (and the comments here are generally awesome, save for the occasional lunatic). Poor Dan of TDAXP has been threatened by jihadists, blocked in China, and now threatened with a libel suit by NationMaster.com. You can read the correspondence that led to this event at the prior link or at the new blog NationMasterWatch.
Was Grendel right that tyranny is just at the doorstep for Americans? No. A negative review of prior services, even if the faulty services have been solved, does not constitute defamation or libel. And if recent suits of a similar nature are any hints, those who file libel suits generally embaress themselves and give the defendant heaps of publicity..
And not only that, Curzon used his artistic wizardry to create a graphic representation of NationMaster‘s recent aggression
I want to thank everyone for seeing NationMaster‘s assault and giving advise. Particularly, I was relieved to be assured by the very knowledgeable Curzon that what I wrote was not defamation. With that in mind, here is an excerpt from the original negative review:
Nation Master will bill you even after you cancel.
Confused? Let’s try again
nationmaster.com will bill you even after you cancel
I first joined this site when I needed raw data for my graduate thesis. In the end it was useless for me, but the site is a good waste of 15 minutes.
nationmaster.com is not worth the three quarterly payments I made, the two after I stopped using or, or the one after I first demanded a refund.
The bill implies someone named Luke Metcalfe is involved in this scam. Well Lucas, if you’re reading, stop it.
Any everyone else: avoid Nation Master.
The transcript of NationMaster’s shakedown is at the new blog, NationMaster Watch.