I love a good debate as much as anyone, but lately I’m turned off. I’ve just left a Writers Digest group I used to enjoy because of all the sniping and nastiness between members. This week, actually, within the past 24 hours, my inbox was filled with dozens of emails from a conversation I was following that turned nasty. Most of the emails came from 2 members exchanging ugly blows with each other. A few asked them to stop and got lashed in the process.
One simple question or comment seems to bring out so much spite and maliciousness, it’s disgusting. Nothing is accomplished. A perfectly good debate and on-line group is ruined. Attackers seem to wait in the wings for any opportunity to wade in and strike. Why are so many online forums so hostile? What’s wrong with these people they can’t have a civilized debate? When it decays to the level of personal insults, I’m out. Shame to quit a group I enjoyed, but who has the time?
Rant over. On to better things.