"Blaming and fining the site because some people misuse it seems like setting a really dangerous precedent."
No it isn't. Today you posted an article where you find it imbecilic that a website killed all comments on its website because too many posters were insulting etc... Techdirt's simpler than life solution was that this website should monitor the comments before allowing them.
This is EXACTLY the same situation. TripAdvisor should monitor the comments. Point.
It happens everywhere. Sabam in Belgium routinely asked (and still asks) copyrights fees for amateur performers performing their own songs, threatening to close the gig down if they don't pay beforehand. Needless to say that these performers never see their money back...
In Orwell's A Clergymans’s Daughter Macbeth, Act V, scene VIII the 'womb' word is used, enough to make a parent write the following letter:
To my mind it’s a disgrace that schoolbooks can be printed with such words in them. I’m sure if any of us had ever known that Shakespeare was that kind of stuff, we’d have put our foot down at the start. It surprises me, I must say. Only the other morning I was reading a piece in my News Chronicle about Shakespeare being the father of English Literature; well, if that’s Literature, let’s have a bit LESS Literature, say I!
(Taken from: A Clergymans’s Daughter (George Orwell))