Poor Behavior

Published August 3, 2018 by lynn k scott

It’s no secret that one of the reasons I left Facebook was because of all the drama, keyboard warriors and utter nonsense that people felt they could get away with because they knew how to type to post nonsense in a shielded fashion on a social media platform.

One thing I like about WordPress is the community atmosphere it has; or normally does. It’s only happened a few times that I have had the unfortunate pleasure of dealing with a “keyboard warrior” (aka online bully; for lack of a better term).

I do my best not to leave unpleasant remarks when I comment on other people’s blogs. I rarely discuss politics because it’s such a trigger point for some people and they revert to whining children if they can’t conceive there’s a different point of view of their own.

Today was one of those days. I had made a c

whining

omment yesterday. Someone else responded today. While we had different viewpoints, we had an adult conversation.

Then “she” chimed in. The person who needed to stoop to name calling and “demonizing” a valid perspective on a situation. This person clearly didn’t understand all she was spouting.

I have worked in Human Resources before, and after, the ACA (Affordable Care Act). While, I am definitely not a fan (and we’re not going to discuss this topic further), I have seen what it has done compared to what was promised on paper. I have seen over 300 employees personally affected by the ACA changes that were implemented.

I personally, in case you didn’t know, have a life-threatening disease. I am all-to-familiar with how insurance works. What annual and prescription deductibles are. How employer-paid insurance works. I could go on, but it wouldn’t be productive.

With an online community, it’s helpful to believe everyone has the ability to behave appropriately. Name-calling; especially by adults is just unnecessary and speaks more about that person’s character than the person they are attempting to belittle.

I would implore you to monitor your posts and remove comments by those who refuse to behave properly instead of letting them act like school-yard bullies. Everyone has different experiences and different areas they are more knowledgeable about. Why not work as a community to have open discussions instead putting people down? Why not try to learn from each other? It may not solve anything directly or change a firm belief. However, it will leave the other party(ies) not feeling as if they did something wrong for engaging in a conversation. Isn’t that what we are here for? To learn about each other by reading about what we are going through, what we find important, what our experiences are?

Just my two cents…

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15 comments on “Poor Behavior

    • The person did address it. I didn’t want to call anyone out, specifically. It’s actually happened a few times in the few years I’ve had this blog. I think it’s just an all-too-common thing these days. It’s really an accountability thing and there simply isn’t enough of that any more.

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  • Lynn,I’m dearly sorry you felt that way. Nothing I said was intently said to hurt you. I am dearly sorry it upset. I spoke with Amanda about her strong choice of words privately and made her understand where your were coming from. She wasn’t aware you were ill until I told her. I don’t tell others things I learn about another. I keep things to myself because I feel if the person wanted the world to know it they would tell them. Perhaps had I made it clear to her that you were ill she would have shown more consideration. I praised neither of you and I certainly wasn’t going to allow anyone from my blog to bully anyone. Whether they are ill or well. I have stood up to more bullies than I care to count. That’s not my way. I try to engage people in constructive discussions so we all can learn something from it. Many people learned something new they didn’t know from the discussion. There were other comments but I blocked them for I wasn’t about to go into an argument about politics. They are too ruthless right now.

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      • I feel caught in the middle. Neither of you know each other. It’s is I who knows both of you. She promised to write an apology and I believe she will. But you did educate a lot of people on things they hadn’t looked it because there’s no need to look at them right now.

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      • Please don’t feel caught. Everyone owns their behavior or actions from them. I originally chose not to tell people of my illness because of being treated differently; esp. if we weren’t on good terms. I just move forward and let people pick up their own pieces. Life teaches a lot. It’s how we choose to use that “education” is what defines our character. I’ve already moved on from this. Please don’t let it bother you.

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      • I agree in the time of illness is when people show their true colors. People don’t respond well to illness. Why? I wish I knew for anyone can get sick. It has no bearing on who the person is. But I am glad you are brave enough to talk about it you never know what may help someone else.

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