Do you ever think twice before hitting "submit"?

United States
September 18, 2008 7:43pm CST
I've found myself doing it a lot lately as I read the fallout from some of the discussions here. I'll type something up and realize that I just don't have the energy to deal with the probable responses of stirring the pot. Have you ever put together a post to start a discussion or respond to one - and then thought better of posting it and just backed out of the page?
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3 responses
• United States
20 Sep 08
I only respond if I'm at least somewhat knowledgeable about the topic. I think we're here to get others' responses. If we can't take a little constructive criticism, then why ask the questions???
• United States
20 Sep 08
Oh, I agree with you, sunshine. Sometimes, though, in areas like politics, the back and forth can get a little heated. Every once in a while, I find myself putting together a response to something and then re-reading it and deciding that my response would do little more than stir the pot up for more of the same bashing that's already going on in the thread.
• Philippines
19 Sep 08
Hi there chameleonsdream! First, I read the discussion well. Then I decided whether I would respond or not. I have not experienced responding to any discussion then backed out the last minute. If I think that I know what to say and how to respond to the discussion at hand, then I would respond. I often double check what I type before hitting the submit button. If I do not have anything to share then I do not respond.
• United States
19 Sep 08
I wish I had your restraint - I'd avoid wasting time on writing things that I decide not to post after all! Thanks for responding, dolce_vita!
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
19 Sep 08
All of the time. There are many discussions that I have backed out of responding to because I really did not have anything nice to say and I did not want to deal with the negativity I would get from my responses. So, if I do not have anything nice to say I do not say it(type it).
• United States
19 Sep 08
That's it exactly, Lilybug. It takes a certain kind of energy to defend your position against a lot of negativity and name-calling, and I seldom have it. Sometimes I'll find myself wanting to respond to something controversial - then I read over what I typed and realize the kind of emotions it stirs up and decide that it's just not worth the energy to deal with the negativity. Thanks for your response. Glad to know I'm not the only one.