Though we argue and debate, at times with great passion, we also care for and take care of each other, and that’s part of the charm of the place.
Until we don’t.
When I see comments filled with ALL CAPS, shouting at others, I cringe. I didn’t come here for the screaming, whether I agree with the screamer or not.
When I see people being insulted and called “capos,” it’s not just a violation of Godwin’s Law, but an offense against the community. I didn’t come here to be insulted or to see insults slung around.
And when I see anyone except Jane claiming to speak for all of FDL, I laugh. Even (as I look upwards in this post and see my thoughts about “we” at FDL) when I’m the one doing it.
For a community to not simply survive, but thrive, there must be mutual respect — especially between those who disagree with one another.
For the record, I started Blogging Blue – and I’ve kept it going all these years – for the community, not because I wanted to hurl insults at folks I don’t agree with politically. I understand as much as anyone that the folks who read blogs tend to be far more passionate about politics than the average person, but we can disagree passionately without the need to resort to insults, name-calling, and downright nastiness.
Perhaps I’ve been too lenient in allowing folks to get away with behaving badly, but from now on I’m going to be taking a much closer look at things, because I want Blogging Blue to be a community, not just a bunch of proverbial “monkeys flinging poo” at each other.
I know we can do better than that, and I challenge each of you to do better than that.