It has been duly noted, that so often human behavior on Internet Forums and Blogs gets out of control with name calling and such. Generally, this happens when one participant goes out of their way to offend another and then the disrespected party gets their feathers ruffled and begins to seek revenge - egos ensue and the battle begins, often it goes on and on.
"Hey, I know that guy, he's a blogger!"
If you are caught up and embattled in a Blog Controversy, whether you started it or inadvertently found yourself a victim there is a solution. It is possible to Right the Wrongs of verbal or rather electronic attack of words. You can Turn the Tables on Blog Tyranny if you choose too and it maybe much simpler than you think. There are several ways to turn the tables and diffuse an argument on a Blog or Internet Forum. The easiest thing is to observe a few rules such as;
- Be nice and follow the "golden rule" of do onto others as you would have done onto you.
- Be positive and compliment the other party when they make a decent point.
- Agree to disagree, but admit you enjoy the debate and value the other parties and participants.
- Leave your ego at home, no need to plaster this all over the net.
If the situation still gets out of hand and you are following such basic rules of common courtesy and Blog or Internet Forum etiquette then consider an apology if you had made a mistake or compliment the other on their strength of character to continue the debate with such fervor and tenacity.
It really is possible to communicate using Blogs and Forums and gain insight, knowledge and perhaps even make friends. I certainly hope that this article will help propel thought in your online endeavors and allow you to have a more enjoyable experience on the Internet in 2008.