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Etiquette in Community Threads

Please post your honest opinion in answer to the following question.

What do you think are some rules of etiquette that should be abided by when posting on threads in the community?

Sat. Feb 23, 9:20pm

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I would say . . .

Please stay on topic.

It is okay to disagree with another point of view but just tactfully state your opinion on the subject matter for others to ponder and accept or not.

Don't take it personal and don't make it personal.

Show respect for each other and differing opinions.

You do not have to prove anybody right or wrong.

Saturday, February 23, 2008, 9:37 PM

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I think my biggest hope for us is to be mindful that we all have feelings and some of us are more fragile than others. Kindness can take a person a long way toward healing.

Sunday, February 24, 2008, 12:11 AM

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My biggest gripe when it comes to the ettiquet here is the name calling. It really bothers me that people are on here to get healthy and they or someone else is calling people fat @ss and fatties and telling them to stuff their faces. It is just disturbing because it's name calling and actions like that which have led some of us to be overweight. (i.e. childhood play ground tactics) So disappointing:(

Sunday, February 24, 2008, 3:09 AM

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What makes the world such an interesting place is other peoples opinions and ideas. I recommend people read other peoples opinions and if you don't agree than move on, you don't need to comment, disagree, complain, etc. if it doesn't agree with your opinion. All the complaining about other peoples opinions really gets on my nerves.

Sunday, February 24, 2008, 8:29 AM

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I'm just always surprised by how nasty, negative, and generally unhelpful some of the comments are. I don't think we need to be Pollyanna's, but, really, if someone doesn't have something constructive, helpful, or insightful to add, it would be nice if they could move on.

Sunday, February 24, 2008, 10:02 AM

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Maybe just thinking twice before saying something and asking yourself if you're just saying something because you're feeling 'extra brave' due to the anonymity, and if you'd ever say that if your name was being "tagged" to it.

And not attacking people for asking things that aren't "directly" weight loss related. This is a health forum as much as a weight loss forum, and most importantly it's a network of people. Asking general questions is a great help from this forum.

Sunday, February 24, 2008, 2:18 PM

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Don't feed trolls. That would be my biggest pet peave. People who feed trolls.

Second pet peave is people who worry too much about "hurting feelings" instead of "truth telling." I mean, ignrance is bliss, but if someone is asking a question, let others give them an honest answer.

Sunday, February 24, 2008, 3:58 PM

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Give your input as it relates to the question.

Don't attack with written words the person who asked the question or others whose response you don't like or agree with. Other posters really want to know what you have to say and it doesn't have to be sugar coated but it shouldn't be mean either.

Sunday, February 24, 2008, 4:06 PM

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Not sure why I felt the need to follow up with this but for what it's worth....

That last post "Sunday, February 24, 2008, 4:06 PM" was just an idea on the subject of etiquette. It is not in response to any other posts in this thread.

Sunday, February 24, 2008, 4:09 PM

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Let people ask what they want to ask without the obnoxious reference to the Search function. Even if it's been asked 100x already. Some of us are happy to answer those questions over and over and over again.

It would be great if people could remember that 'honesty' and 'tact' and 'being respectful' are not mutually exclusive ideas. Not to mention it's often the best way to get that 'honesty' heard. It's amazing how quickly the the "I'm just being honest" remarks send otherwise decent threads off into the ditch.

Sunday, February 24, 2008, 6:14 PM

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