I would like to take a moment to update all of you on the progress I have made so far.
I spoke to a number of people that are willing to help in some fashion. The response has been astounding.
I played a little with wordpress as I am unfamiliar with the software. I so far have found it easy to use and design. I have not been able to get the sub domain function to work as of yet but have not exhausted my full abilities. I think there may be some server side issues preventing it from working. One issue that I have found with wordpress is that you have to set the users to contributors in order for them to be able to submit a blog entry which is fine but by setting them as a contributor you also give them the ability to edit their post after it has been submitted and I do not feel they should have the ability to do that. First because I do not want companies pressuring them to remove comments that they made and two I feel that by allowing them to edit the post it would take away from that validity of the site. I think they should be able to respond to the blog and update the status but the original post should remain un-edited. What is everyone's opinion of this?
I contacted a close friend/client of mine and through him made contact with his brother and sister which are both attorneys. All three of these people thought this was a great idea. Neither lawyer is specialized in trade marks nor issues that may arise from creating a site such as this but I was able to get some referrals which I will follow up on tomorrow.
I have generated some great ideas threw discussing this with friends and relatives on how to monetize the website.
I have researched numerous sites including one that crankydave gave me which has helped tremendously on laws and terms of services. I will still be contacting an attorney, but at first glance it appears that website owners cannot be held liable for third party posts which is good news. Second, as far as trade marks go it appears that I should be able to use the sub domains as I discussed earlier because in order to have a valid trade mark dispute case the offender has to be in direct competition with the trade mark holder. This information is pretty clear to me after doing some research but not 100%. With any luck I will have the solid answers soon from an attorney.
Now to take a moment to respond to some of the threads that I haven't got to yet.
agdm - You have some good ideas and valid questions that will need to be answered before the website launch. If possible I would like to use the specific sub domains as it should help in the serps.
Eddy Tan - I will be sure to let you know when the site is up an running. I can't wait.
ron angel - I understand where you are coming from with the comment but I don't believe it is as easy for them to remove a post as that from my research. Again, this is an area that a good attorney will help greatly.
inertia - I checked out blagger.com and it is an interesting site similar to what we are thinking. However, I would like to see this site be much more than just a company complaint forum or blog. youneedtolisten.com should extend so much farther than just business in my opinion. I could see kids.youneedtolisten.com, parents.youneedtolisten.com and probably many many more that will come up as we go.
On a side note I have not had one single person tell me this is a bad idea. I have not had a single negative comment from anyone. Everyone has been very constructive in their feedback and I greatly appreciate it. If someone does have a negative comment about the idea I would be happy to hear it but none as of yet.
I am really excited about this site and can't wait to see where it will take us. I am still open to comment and opinion. Please post if anything comes to mind.
Thanks again for all the great posts and I will continue to keep everyone updated on our progress.