**WARNING: The following is a link with detailed information about how a man planned and executed his own death. Also, the link may not work because network administrators have been shutting it down.**
Sportswriter Martin Manley meticulously planned and blogged about his suicide. Manley spent the last year of his life blogging about his life and how and why he planned to commit suicide. On the morning of his death he paid for 5 years worth of Yahoo web-hosting services, published his site, and then ended his life. Yahoo quickly shut down the site, citing it violated the terms of service. Within hours, hacker group Anonymous had republished the site. Yahoo! has not confirmed whether or not they will refund the 5 year payment to Manley’s family. His family has appealed Yahoo’s decision and Yahoo! has stood by their decision.
This is an interesting ethical conundrum. The obvious, is Yahoo! not wanting to be associated with or accused of advocating suicide. The second is money–should Manley’s family be reimbursed the amount he paid for the web hosting service? Then there is Martin Manley’s side of the story. He made a very detailed website about his life and his decision so his friends and family would have closure, and a place to go and remember him. A trip to a digital cemetery, so to speak. Do they not deserve to have that? Often times deceased loved ones are memorialized on social media. Why not a blog site? Had Manley blogged about his death if he were terminally ill would it be different?