I felt under the weather today, so I spent a good part of the afternoon resting on the couch and using my laptop between cat naps. At one point I checked in to see what was going on with a couple of online forums I belong to. The first one didn't have much, but the second one (which I joined not too long ago) was more interesting. In this group some of the members of the group seem to go way back and have 'history' with each other. Occasionally tempers will flare and a flame war will start. There's never any profanity involved, but during an episode there's an awful lot of name-calling and bickering.
When I logged on to the site I found out that yesterday one person posted something outrageous. Others took the bait. The argument rapidly degenerated into personal attacks, which went back and forth multiple times and turned into a free for all. A few members took the opportunity to hijack other unrelated posts, and those meaningful discussions were temporarily replaced by personal attacks.
Finally I got tired of all the bickering. I added my two cents to a hijacked post, asking the person who was causing most of the trouble to stop. Because I've never posted anything on this site that could be remotely construed as negative, I nervously wondered if I was adding fuel to the fire. Would my post make the person turn and attack me?
I never got a chance to find out. I hit the reply button, and my words disappeared into cyberspace, never to be found. That's probably a good thing.
Five years ago today: Balance