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Sarcasm and Cynicism in Threads

I understand if someone precedes their thread with something to indicate they are just hashing an idea out or its funny, or possibly offensive, but PLEASE save the ridiculous responses and inappropriate sarcasm for your own blog where negativity is viewed as some kind of motivator.

Hey, for some people it works, but for me negativity is just plain negative!

Tue. Feb 28, 4:27pm

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Do you have an example? I haven't seen this in a while here.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 4:30 PM

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People around here really need to grow some thicker skin. I get infinitely more nauseated by the whiners than those who speak their mind and don't coddle everyone. Perhaps if people want to be coddled they should recieve that from their group, and not the lounge?

Or maybe they should create a lounge for those who can neither accept criticisms or challenges....

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 4:41 PM

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well put.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 4:43 PM

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As an active reader, not so much a poster, and very thick skinned I have noticed some really snarky comments. Like, wtf? You can tell when people are vulnerable and when it is ok to be cynical.

I don't think coddling is so much the issue as holding you tongue when you should. I sometimes want to virtually shake people based on the posts I read. But, i think better of responding to someone who obviously won't be satisfied with whatever you say.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 4:46 PM

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Was the post at 4:41 supposed to be an illustration of the point the OP was making, or a response to it? That person sounds downright rude and I would not want to turn to them for support. Support does not have to be coddling or offensive.Constructive critisism is neither.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 4:48 PM

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Here here! I'm the OP and that is exactly what I meant.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 4:52 PM

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I think the 4:41 poster totally has a legit point. Honesty is something I appreciate and I don't feel like I get enough of; maybe I wouldn't turn to them to hear, hey sweetie, it's ok that you ate 20 cookies, you'll do better tomorrow. I would turn to them and most likely here, hey, get back on the horse, which works much better for me.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 4:58 PM

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the 4:41 poster is very nauseated at the whiners. It may be what the OP cannot deal with, but that's fine. This thread was not about support, it was a whine. It i one of many that keep returning and dies until someone else feels hurt or bothered by the bluntness of a person.

Constructive criticism is rare here, and often rejected because few can deal with it it seems. wtf is certainly not appropriate, but one should not expect everyone here to support their approach. We have a right to disagree and express that. You want support, go to your group. Need more support? Join another group.

As the saying goes, if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 5:04 PM

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I don't think the OP was complaining about posters who don't say "Its OK sweetie that you ate 20 cookies" but we can help someone turn their behavior around without being rude, sarcastic, and snide. I for one want people to be somewhat harsh on me if I screw up, I definitely do not want to be coddled, but nobody is helped by a nasty tone. There is a happy medium folks, let's work within that happy medium to provide CONSTRUCTIVE critiism.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 5:08 PM

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So the groups are for support but the community lounge is NOT? I don't understand your logic. The entire PT forum is for helpful tips and support, not trolls.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 5:11 PM

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