January 18, 2007

Reputation Defender to 'consider' Bullied Academics blog!

Reputation Defender, Inc. 2023 Cherokee Parkway, Suite #18 Louisville, KY 40204, January 11, 2007

Dear Professor Neilson,

We are writing to you in behalf of Profession Ivan Perry. He has asked us to contact you and see if you will consider removing the content about him at the following web pages:


Please allow us to introduce ourselves. We are ReputationDefender, Inc., a company dedicated to helping our clients preserve their good name on the Internet. Our founders and employees are all regular Internet users. Like our clients, and perhaps like you, we think the Internet is sometimes unnecessarily hurtful to the privacy and reputations of everyday people. Even content that is meant to be informative can sometimes have a significant and negative impact on someone's job prospects, student applications, and personal life.

We invite you to learn more about who we are, at

When our clients sign up with our service, we undertake deep research about them on the Internet to see what the Web is saying about them. We find sites where they are discussed, and we ask our clients how they feel about those sites. Sometimes our clients express strong reservations about the content on particular websites. They may feel hurt, ashamed, or "invaded" by the content about them on those sites.

As you may know, more and more prospective employers, universities, and newfound friends and romantic interests undertake Internet research, and the material they find can strongly impact their impressions of the people they are getting to know. When people apply for jobs, apply for college or graduate school, apply for loans, begin dating, or seek to do any number of other things with their lives, hurtful content about them on the Internet can have a negative impact on their opportunities.

At some point or another, most of us say things about ourselves or our friends and acquaintances we later regret. We're all human, and we all do it!

We are writing to you today because our client, Ivan Perry, has told us that he would like the content about him on your websites to be removed, as it is outdated and feels that it is invasive of both your and his privacy. Would you be willing to remove or alter the content? It would mean so much to Professor Perry, and to us.

Considerate actions such as these will go a long way to help make the Internet a more civil place.
Thank you very much for your consideration. We are mindful that matters like these can be sensitive. We appreciate your time.

Please let us know if you have removed or changed the content on these sites by sending an e-mail to:

Yours sincerely,

Dave S., Reputation Defender Service Team
Dear Dave S.,

Many thanks for your message of 11 January 2007 informing me that your client Professor Perry would like me to remove references to my workplace experiences from www.geocities.com/stuartdneilson and related URLs.

Professor Perry may wish to additionally consult, amongst other sources, the online or print versions of University College Cork's Express Student Newspaper (www.ucc.ie/en/SIN/Communications/UCCExpress/) on 17 October 2006 and 31 October 2006, University College Cork's Motley Magazine issue of December 2006, The Irish Examiner (www.examiner.ie) on 18 October 2006, 21 October 2006 and 27 October 2006, The Sunday Times (www.timesonline.co.uk) on 10 August 2003 and The Irish Independent (www.unison.ie/irish_independent) on 25 November 2004, 3 February 2005 and 9 December 2006 for further reference to substantially the same and related issues.

There are further online references at the FUCC University College Cork bulletin board (specifically forum.ucc.ie/viewtopic.php?t=9114), at the Bullied Academics site (bulliedacademics.blogspot.com/index.html, specifically
) and at Indymedia Ireland (specifically articles and comments at www.indymedia.ie/article/78472, www.indymedia.ie/article/78749, www.indymedia.ie/article/79696 and www.indymedia.ie/article/80342, although Indymedia is currently offline).

These sources, dates and articles are not comprehensive.

I am actively seeking resolution of these issues with University College Cork.

With best wishes, Stuart Neilson.
Dear Professor Nielson,

Thank you for your response. We will take these additional sources into consideration.

Dave S. - Reputation Defender Support Staff
So now we are waiting - here at this blog - to be taken into 'consideration' by Reputation Defender.


Stuart Neilson said...

ReputationDefender has begun emailing people who have commented on my claim that I was bullied to request removal of all comment with the claim that "Dr. Ivan Perry, has told us that he would like the content about him on your article to be removed as he considers it outdated and a settled issue." I, as the person with an unresolved claim of bullying, regard this claim as dishonest.

Stuart Neilson said...

The Wall Street Journal
Wed 13 June 2007
While Mr. Fertik said such problems are rare, takedown attempts that go awry can generate considerable unwanted attention. Stuart Neilson, a statistics instructor at a university in Cork, Ireland, claimed on his personal Web site that he was the victim of "academic bullying" by a colleague. After the other professor hired ReputationDefender to try to have the accusations removed, Dr. Neilson rebuffed the firm and posted his exchanges with the company on his site. Those posts received wider attention when they were republished on a blog devoted to faculty discord in academia. "It has merely generated additional publicity," he said.