Posted 16.02.2017 @ 3.02PM (Edited 16.02.2017 @ 3.06PM)
::My take on it is that bad mouthing someone - as much as they deserve it - can make you look bad too.::
Outside of the legal aspect (which is real, even if smaller companies may not pursue it), once you start publicly "shaming" anyone online, apart from losing any "higher ground" you may have held, you also run the risk of having that happen to you in return, which could also be based on "facts" but exaggerated, such as the one time you were a day late delivering something, you get accused of delivering work late ..etc. Or maybe they just post that your work was sub-standard, which is subjective so would be very hard to try to sue them for them posting that.
::Thing is, is it wrong or illegal to name and shame if the content of a post is factual?::
This isn't the only factor legally. If your "shaming" of them has caused more damage to their business/higher loss of income to them than what was owed, you run the risk of being held liable for that outcome.
And with your UK example above, if the client being sued takes evidence of that guy posting their name publicly prior to going to court, that could very much have an impact on the outcome of that, if the judge believes that public comment has caused damage to the business being "shamed".
In the end, as with any client service business, the service provider has to put up with a lot of crap, it's part of the job. The options you do have without sinking into the mire is to invoice up front every time (if you have a client that repeatedly needs urgent stuff then tell them they need to have a "credit" with you to avoid delays), pursue any outstanding payments via legal means, or simply choose not to work with a particular client.
Posted 15.02.2017 @ 3.33AM
And this, about negative feedback given for an Ebay seller in Aus:
Yes, it's horrible when a business decides not to pay what you are owed. But it's really important to keep to legal channels to address that, otherwise you really are opening yourself up to legal repercussions.
Posted 14.02.2017 @ 2.54PM
Couldn't you simply ensure the same setup/fonts exists on both machines?
The other stuff is simple, either dropbox or USB, both would work. Use a Git repository to be completely safe, and you can't lose any work you do.
Posted 14.02.2017 @ 12.19PM
::It's a bummer there isn't some site where you can name and shame::
If you want to leave yourself open to being sued, yes. But if your comments could be construed to have damaged the business you've "shamed", no matter what you may be owed for work done, then you could be sued for far more than the amount they may owe you.
The old saying "two right don't make a wrong" is never more apt legally than when you're talking about enacting some kind of "revenge" on someone for not paying you.
Posted 10.02.2017 @ 1.13PM
Yes, a letter from a solicitor often does wonder for all types of "debts", tells them you're serious about pursuing the matter (even if you're not) and then they start to balance up the possible costs of fighting it, and will usually come back with some sort of offer or all that they owe.
Posted 16.02.2017 @ 7.43AM
It's funny this should come up as on another design forum I slum it on the same topic came up there.
Do not work for this person/company.
I did a job for XXXXX at XXXXX last Summer.
I kaven't been paid.
Client not replying to calls/e-mails.
Taking them to Small Claims Court.
In contrast they've named and shamed the person and the company warning others not to work for them.
I searched the name of the company on Facebook and there were lots of the same warnings from other people that were in the same boat.
Not sure if the difference here is that it's a UK company on a UK forum/Facebook?
The forum admin's reaction was basically:
"If they read this post and request it be taken down then we will....after they pay you".
I'm not playing devils advocate here as my legal knowledge isn't that good but I agreed with the OP and the admin for warning other designers and I guess any of us would.
I also get what @DAVE is saying and urging caution about what you say on a social platform.
Thing is, is it wrong or illegal to name and shame if the content of a post is factual?
I've been ripped off in the same way once before and it stings.
It makes me re-affirm my mantra.
"50% up front. 50% before hand over"
Now I just need to listen to myself. O_0
Posted 04.12.2016 @ 12.16PM (Edited 04.12.2016 @ 12.19PM)
Hi @Dave thanks for you reply, only checked this thread today, my email is email@example.com.
Posted 09.11.2016 @ 9.51AM
Hey @Dave - Can I also have a gander at that contact of yours? hire.me[at]elasticdesign.co.nz
@Monkee - I seem to remember there's a thread for Sydney peeps with some recommendations too.
Posted 23.09.2016 @ 5.55PM
Interesting discussion guys. @Dave I have gone through the same scenario with decisions on grids and whether to use flexbox. I tend to use it right now at a component level and for progressive enhancements and not major layouts unfortunately. Those IE numbers are slowly falling :)
This is also a good reference: