Do you ignore or confront people you deem to be ignorant?

Canada
January 12, 2007 10:28pm CST
I must confess after reading so many posts on here - I've found myself biting my tongue (proverbally) from time to time when I read the post of someone who I believe is clearly ignorant. Not saying I don't call them on it sometimes, however if the post is offensive to me personally but does not warrant being reported, I seem to be clicking on by. I do not always trust myself to respond respectfully in return. How do you find yourselves dealing with such people? Does it work for you?
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@Itallie (65)
• Italy
13 Jan 07
I usually just vent the frustration of seeing these types of comments by telling my husband about it. We just laugh to each other and make fun of the person in the comfort of our own home. This way we don't hurt their feelings, but we don't keep our frustrations packed up inside, either.
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@kgwat70 (13392)
• United States
13 Jan 07
That is a great option instead of venting on here and starting a feud with the other person. You definitely do not want to keep anger or frustrations bottled up inside of you. Ignoring the person on here is probably the best thing or give them a minus rating or use the abuse button if they are really bad.
@freesoul (3022)
• Egypt
14 Jan 07
I know exactly what you are talking about, there are three cases that I always find: One: some times I notice that they post stupid things/views just to get many people to retaliate then they keep posting more stupid comments for more and more people to step in into their discussions, this kind of people should be avoided all together and don't fall into their trap, those are widely known in similar forums as "Trolls" and should be always be ignored not to give them the satisfaction. Some times I confront them that this is just nonsense and they are "pulling legs" but unfortunately other members just keep replying to them. two: some who are really ignorant and/or have strange views I like to point the weaknesses in their logic in simple and short words and i move on, if they ask questions and want to know more then I would respond again but if they continue their stupid way I don't care if they would be convinced or not we can set the world correct, we see these kind of people everywhere and I given up on them on the real life, I won't let them spoil my good time on the internet too :) Three: those who are really smart a@# hard-headed and no point at all with talking with them as other people engage in their discussions I just preserve my sanity and stay away.
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@Pekachu (1112)
• United States
13 Jan 07
Yes I find myself also biting my tongue but depending on my mood I may let a thought or two out .I worry I may get a negative rating but sometimes I just dont care lol
• China
13 Jan 07
Just ignore them ,post in the threads which you are interesting with .I checked all of the threads ,only read some of them carefully .
@misskatonic (3726)
• United States
13 Jan 07
I don't bite my tongue. I'm my usual sarcastic self. But they rarely get the sarcasm, so my efforts are pretty much wasted. A pity, that. I don't hold my tongue for anyone. It's made me some enemies, but I'd rather be disliked than lose my own sense of integrity.
• Canada
13 Jan 07
I got that about you from other posts. Which is probably why I always read your comments and enjoy them.
• Philippines
13 Jan 07
there are a lot of respondents who just respond for the sake of the money.. that may be an explanation why they talk senseless. that's my stand on it
• United States
13 Jan 07
I agree. They just say senseless, ignorant comments just to add on to their earning. If you don't know what your talking about, move on to the next topic.
• United States
14 Jan 07
It depends on their act of ignorance. If it is to hurt someone smaller or weaker or disadvantage, I am in there face. If it is toward me, I take the "you're kidding, right?" Attitude.
• Melbourne, Florida
14 Jan 07
I try to not waste my breath or my energy on people like this. do not cast your pearls among swine
@pendragon (3351)
• United States
14 Jan 07
Sometimes I do if I think I can get through, sometimes I do, if people are agreeing with the source of the ignorance, then I jump in and make sure that opposition is known in the hopes of saving at least one opinion in the process.Otherwise my conscience would bother me,never resist the urge to enlighten.
@amish2222 (235)
• United States
14 Jan 07
I am a kind of person who does not let the ignorant get away scot-free. I make a point that I report their response but before that I make sure that I give a firring response. I also do not hesitate in pulling that discussion into the forum for others to let know.
@kathy77 (7487)
• Australia
14 Jan 07
Oh I say how I feel sometimes it is very hard not to confront the people other times I can just forget about it and ignore it, actually it all depends on what it is about or what actually is discussed. I do not like to be offensive but sometimes I cannot help myself, so it depends on what is going on.
@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
14 Jan 07
I must confess, I do the same just pass on by as I don't trust my self or it isn't worth responding to. If it is a coment dirrectly to me , I try to respectfully call them on it.We are all intitaled to our opinion, but curtisy goes a long way.
@neon2000 (2758)
• Philippines
14 Jan 07
correct, druscilla is right. Most people refuse to learn. Sometimes out of their ego. They don't want to be tagged as ignorant.
@Mecboy (1050)
• United States
14 Jan 07
i dunno, i seem pretty quiet for a while, then something frightens me. and then i stir in action.
@kushal24 (200)
• India
14 Jan 07
well in such cases it is always difficult to respond with some degree of respect,so i think it is alwats better to ignore such a person.precaution is always better than cure
@bugbaby (1787)
• Indonesia
14 Jan 07
I don't hold my tongue for anyone. It's made me some enemies. Ignorant comments just to add on to their earning. I don't force anybody but I do give a fair chance for them by the means of educating them about the concept, idea or subject because nobody knows everything that's we need to share information and lessen our ignorance.
• United States
14 Jan 07
i just ignore it. because people have a right and freedom to say what they want to say and so there should not be any judgements against them whether u dislike or like what they have to say. just accept it and move on. But if they have something to say against u, then that is when u confront them but other than that just let it slide and get on with what u were doing. like everyone seems to be minding their own business and thats just what i do. So the good thing would be just to ignore it.
@Wanderlaugh (1623)
• Australia
14 Jan 07
Know what you mean, but the ignorant are sometimes an indication of the problem, as well as their own obvious problems. Confrontation allows a bit of letting off steam, but isn't necessarily going to achieve much but wasting time on a subject the respondent doesn't understand.
• United States
14 Jan 07
Honestly? If it's innocent ignorance, I ignore it. If it's offensive ignorance, I usually post my opinion in the nicest way possible. That way I don't come off as being (too) rude. Either way, ignorance doesn't bother me as much as just plain stupidity. Ignorance means they don't know how stupid they sound - stupidity means they do know how stupid they sound. Now I'm risking sounding stupid by trying to explain it, so I'll just slink off elsewhere now =D
• United States
14 Jan 07
I think that there have been times where I bit a hole in my lip just to keep quiet. I usually ignore anything like that but if it's something said or written that is offensive in a major way, then I might have to add my two cents
@lilkim90 (133)
• Canada
13 Jan 07
to thoses idiot. I just gave them a lecture. I gave my ignorant friends a long long discussion.