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PT's Positive Spirit....and an apology....

Hey, I wanted to apologize for an unnecessary thread from earlier. I got a bit overly offended by what someone said and posted a rebuttal thread that wasn't in the spirit of PT.....

I see that the PT moderators have removed my thread, as well as the original posts that sparked it...

Sometimes, when others make comments which may be taken as unconstructive in another person's eyes, it leads to people getting defensive and posting rebuttals that are no longer in the spirit of the "helpfulness and community spirit of PT."

Unfortunately, there isn't any way for PT users to edit or delete our comments once we've made them in the heat of the moment....so once they are on the board, they're out there for all to see...

So, in the spirit of the positivity of PT, I pledge to think before posting something negative in nature and to help keep up the positive spirit of PT in the future vs. contributing to a negative atmosphere!

After all, PT has helped me and many other people reach goals that we might not have otherwise!!!


Thu. Mar 23, 2:08am

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I commend you for being so honest and brave! Thanks!

Thursday, March 23, 2006, 2:53 AM

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I still think one of the problems is that people here post anonymously. In most online "communities," you are at least labeled by a screenname. I really think that should be implemented here. People would be a lot less likely to post rude things if they have to identify themselves. I'm not using this thread to complain about it, don't get me wrong!!! ;-) I have emailed the community and we've had threads about it here before. I'm saying it here in the context that I appreciate your apology but that things like this could be avoided in the future.

Thursday, March 23, 2006, 12:30 PM

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You're right there!
I understand why they give people anonymity, but on the otherhand, people then hide behind that fact....

Thursday, March 23, 2006, 5:38 PM

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I actually disagree that having a user name posted reduces rudeness in communities. Lots and lots of the communities that I follow/read have very rude things posted, often there are hurt feelings and angry words, and yes, they all require user names to be posted.

I think the rudeness is very much a function of the technology - we are no longer face to face or even on the phone, so all of the clues that normally tune us in to what a person means by what they are saying are gone. The subtlties are lost because we can't hear tone and inflection or see the sly smile or frown. And also, even with a user name, the internet is so much more annonymous than real life. It's much easier to say something inflamatory as "bbb111" than it would be to someone you know personally and in real life.

Thursday, March 23, 2006, 5:56 PM

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you're absolutely right...
If we all had to post our photos and our names, (not just some cutesy cartoons and made up names), I wonder if people would treat each other more kindly?

Thursday, March 23, 2006, 6:06 PM

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I feel I'm more able to be open with my comments since people don't know it's me. There are people in my life who know my screen name who I wouldn't feel comfortable discussing some of my struggles with. Thank you peertrainer for providing the open forum and monitoring it so well and thanks for the apology OP.

Thursday, March 23, 2006, 11:57 PM

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