Just because people on the internet are anonymous, doesn't give them the right..

United States
March 21, 2007 5:23pm CST
Just because people on the internet are anonymous, doesn't give them the right to be rude. Do you agree or disagree? This has happened to me in support groups and message boards I belong to. Just because people disagree with other people's opinions/concerns, they attack the other person in the group, which can be detrimental to the person's reputation.
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@mom_of_2 (399)
• Canada
21 Mar 07
I'm seeing that more and more in mylot. The part that irritates me is when a discussion ends with "whats your opinion?" so you give it and then get criticized ! Perhaps some people should end their discussion with "only respond if you agree". Personally I just let it roll off my back...I honestly think that people who are rude to others are the ones you hurt in the long wrong. I believe the saying "what goes around, comes around". If I see someone on a message board or even here who is continually rude to people I just skip over their discussions. Pretty soon these people will have no one to discuss things with. We all need to remember when someone gives their opinion...thats all it is ! As for my reputation...the people who matter don't judge me according to a number within a star. :) Keep smiling and happy posting !!
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I don't think it's ever right to be rude to people. I think that people should be able to disagree without attaching the other person and each still have the right to their opinion. Sounds corny but my mom always taught us "if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all" I live by that - there are a lot of times I have to bit my tongue or leave the room, ok online I have actually been known to turn off my computer. Just to avoid saying something rude or unkind.
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21 Mar 07
I think sometimes on the internet, heated discussions can easily get out of hand because peopole do seem to lose their manners and seem to say things that they would never dream of saying to people in real life because it is just plain rude. But at the same time people can easily get the worng end of the stick. Tone of voice and body language is unfoirtunately a feature we have to live without and some people are unable to express themselves easily with words. Just last week I ended up having what some may view as a fight with another member due to a breakdown in communication and I just couldn't believe that I was in it. I hope that whatever has prompted your discussion has now been resolved and your faith in the internet has now been restored. Speak soon, Claire 23
@gapeach65 (805)
• United States
23 Mar 07
I agree. I have started some discussions, and it seems that some people don't even read the discussion completely, then they leave a degrading comment. I even had someone say something like, since I was such a shallow person, I didn't deserve to have any friends. Those kinds of comments don't only hurt feelings but if other people read it and believe it, you could loose friends. Even though we don't really know each other here, others may still start to believe what they read, then it may hurt reputations. We all need to think of others feelings. This site is about sharing discussions and opinions, but I don't think anyone has a right to judge others or say mean things to or about others. Thanks for a great discussion.