I was reading threads yesterday in the Etsy Blog Team forum and I came across a post someone had written talking about a (very) rude comment that someone posted on her Facebook page, basically saying her work was crud (insert the s-word here). I was really disheartened for this person, whose feelings were understandably hurt, and was really taken aback by the idea that someone would post something like that on someone's page. It just seems so hurtful.
I've thought about this before, particuarly when reading comments posted on news articles online, especially political things. There are always comments calling the writer an idiot, calling the subject an idiot, or just calling each other idiots. It makes me think, "Who gave you license to be so mean?" Now anyone with a keyboard can become a pundit and place their anonymous feelings out there to insult the masses (and often full of typos and grammatical errors, which I don't even want to get started on because it just makes me mad).
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I try and comment positively on a blog if I feel like I have something to contribute to what the author is saying. Sometimes I want to react to what someone else is saying (on those large news outlets), but what's the point? The person behind the comment probably won't even see it, and what's one more comment on an article that already has 1000+ comments? I personally haven't had a negative comment yet about my stuff on any media I use, but I'm not a huge shop with a huge following so I don't know if I would be as vulnerable as someone casting a wider net, and I don't have a Facebook page that may link me to people who know people who know people that I don't know. But I know I would be pretty devastated if someone were to say rude things like that to me, without any explantion, because I'm rather hard on myself as it is. You may say "perfectionist" because that is accurate, especially when it comes to work, and I don't take criticism well, especially when it comes to work and I'm trying to do it perfectly to please you, darn it. I need to develop a thicker skin.
Anyway, I'm not really talking about a tough customer who doesn't like something they ordered, but just someone who are being mean for the sake of being mean. Have you ever been on the receiving end of a negative comment, anonymous or otherwise? Just drive-by, unexpected rudeness?
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