Being that on the whole users have screen names and there is a general air of anonymity. Is there an issue of Lashon Harah to refer to specific screen names when one has an issue with their tone of argument and overall behavior? Does it matter that we dont know the real identity? Does causing then a loss of online reputation have any halachic validity as it does not have real world consequences (eg. No real financial loss, no daily embarrassment)

  • You can definitely write lashon hara as well as speak it. If it's something posted in here it's more likely to be embarrassing someone in public than lashon hara. Lashon hara would apply in the Mi Yodeya chat though.
    – CashCow
    Feb 17, 2015 at 15:05
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it seems that this may be more appropriate in Meta.
    – DanF
    Feb 17, 2015 at 15:21
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    @Nafkamina He meant "can" as in "it's possible," not "it's permitted" Ch"V
    – SAH
    Feb 17, 2015 at 15:54
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    I don't know good point. But I'm assuming that goes into an average question of Lashon Harah ie. Causing damage to the person Feb 17, 2015 at 15:58
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    @danf seems like a question of halacha not site policy. So main is the right site.
    – Double AA
    Feb 17, 2015 at 16:44


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