I never even noticed the "report abuse" triangle, so it was nice to learn it's there. Therefore I have never reported abuse; however, I have seen threads where I think members get out of hand.
I have never had any of my threads or personal posts harassed, nor have I done it. Also I've never been notified by a moderator of inappropriateness. Of course it's still early
I try to be as polite and helpful as possible, remembering that everyone has their own story and we're all here by a common thread.
I may not agree with with someone, everyone has their own opinions, would be a boring world if we didnt, but it doesnt help to flame anyone. It's helpful to remember there is a computer screen standing in front of all of us and all we have to do is turn it off if we want!
Being a foster meowmy to pregnant and nursing strays from our local no-kill shelter, I like to frequent the pregnant cat forum. A lot of the threads on there tend to get not-so-positive feedback. But what good does it do to scare the newbies away? They came for help, they didnt have to tell their story, they could even easily lie about their situation... judge not lest ye be judge yourself.... I try to be a helpful as I can. If I cant... I dont post. Hold my tongue. I guess that was how I was brought up. On that note... I think some people come here to bait someone into a confrontation. Never will figure out how people get their kicks out of that! I guess this is where the hold your tongue (or fingers in our case) works well... if we dont feed into their trap... we dont get snagged!
There have been a couple times I've typed something out... read what I wrote... then erased it. LOL It's sometimes hard to get the right feeling out without the use of expressions. No matter how many smileys we use!
And I'm sure a lot of posts are meant to be helpful, but are just taken in the wrong text. Easy to do in this kind of forum. And I suppose it depends on the reader's and writer's mood that day!
All that said... I'm no angel
I just portray one online! Hehehe just ask any one of my kids!
No really - dont
Jeesh long post - bet I still didnt use the right word