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What should be done about threats of physical violence?

First and foremost you should remove the threats (after keeping a record of them in some way should they be needed.) Whether or not the threat is credible or "real" enough to involve law enforcement, ...
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We caught a pedo. Twice. What to do?

Definitely don't talk to him about knowing who he is/that you contacted FBI. He will understand his "mistake" and fix it for the next time. Contact FBI and police again, probably ask what is going on. ...
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We caught a pedo. Twice. What to do?

I would NOT level with him that you know who he is. All that will do is let him know that you have the ability to recognize who he is and try to figure out ways to be less obvious next time. What ...
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What obligation does a community have to provide legal protection for users acting on behalf of the community?

Disclaimer: IANAL; this is not legal advice. This is a lay opinion and it may or may not be an informed or accurate one; approach it with a healthy dose of skepticism. You're asking a technical legal ...
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How do I mange a "Right to be Forgotten" request if I am based in North America, but user is European?

Legally, you can certainly ignore this request. In some circumstances, it's possible that hosting content that is illegal in Europe this would make it illegal to provide access to your site, which ...
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Worldwide legal repercussions of hosting content

This answer is United States centric. I attempted to dive into this with the intent to hit major pieces of legislation around the world, but quickly got overwhelmed with a single country. The Digital ...
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How does one come up with a TOS for a site?

Goal of the TOS is to give a legal framework, so lawyers are indeed best to author/maintain it. As a consequence, a TOS is required before you launch. Going further, The TOS has a very high chance ...
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What should be done about threats of physical violence?

First of all, you need to figure out if it's a real threat. If the two users don't seem to know each other or there's some obvious fact (if one mentioned they lived in the UK while another is in ...
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We caught a pedo. Twice. What to do?

I haven't been in exactly the same situation but in my (fan fiction) community people primarily communicate as characters, so while we sometimes do end up finding out people's real names, we often ...
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As a Wikisource admin, should I close copyright violations discussions that I started?

Am I [...] legally obligated (servers are in the US) to close or not close the discussion and make appropriate changes to the page(s)? It depends on a few factors. Note that I'm not a lawyer, so ...
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Can I use data from public Google Docs file to seed my new site?

Here are some factors you should consider: License: You said you didn't see a license, but the absence of a license doesn't mean it's free to use. It means you need to look harder. (Reviews are ...
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What are the possible repercussions of either removing or ignoring potential copyright infringement on a site I moderate?

In the case that you retrieved a DMCA takedown notice, or alike, unless you signed a contractual agreement establishing that is under your responsibilities, retrieve, verify or comply with DMCA ...
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How should new members of an organizations' leadership pledge to uphold its core purpose and values?

It's important to point out that what you are asking your new leadership to do is pledge to act in accordance with your organizational values. You are not creating a contract with them. Therefore ...
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What obligation does a community have to provide legal protection for users acting on behalf of the community?

Apart from excelent legal answer given, I'd like to also highlight a practical/moral part. Don't be suprised if you get severe -as in potentially community killing- backlash if you don't (appear to) ...
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