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Old Jul 18, 2001, 12:50 PM
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Take Care With Titles

It would appear that there has been a great deal of member bashing lately. I believe a large part has to do withe the way threads are titled. Readers are immediatly put on the defensive simply by reading the title. For instance "Hobby Horse---What a Joke" would put customers who have never had a problem on the defensive ane creates an atmosphere hostile to the thread originator. Perhaps "Hobby Horse Service Problem" would have been more appropriate. The explaination would then carry more weight to those who would otherwise write off the thread as a vent.

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Old Jul 18, 2001, 02:28 PM
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Agreed, thank you Bill.

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Old Jul 18, 2001, 03:11 PM
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Well, I *was* planning on staying out of the fray, but I hope nobody minds another 2 cents.
I agree with Bill that people need to be careful with their titles, but I feel it should also be extended to the wording used in the body of the post. One of the major shortcomings of the 'net is that emotions, sarcasm, and joking is not immediately apparent because the reader has not had any personal contact with the writer. Unfortunately today’s society (that's us!) seems to mostly assume a poster's intent is as negative and offensive as we can possibly make it.
I wish there were an easy solution, but I think Bill is partially on the right track. As a poster we should all be careful what, and how, we post. I always proofread all my posts, trying to make sure that they can't be misread.
In addition, as readers we could cut each other a little slack and assume that we might be misinterpreting the content. If you want to voice your opinion, try to do it without attacking or insulting the original poster.
Finally, I would ask yourself if posting will really add something to the topic. I hope this one does.
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Old Jul 18, 2001, 08:54 PM
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Yeh, I have a way of words on the internet that allways seams to create a stir.
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Old Jul 18, 2001, 11:18 PM
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Thank you for saying some things I should have said.
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Old Jul 22, 2001, 10:10 AM
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Give Hobby Club a try the next time. www.hobbyclub.com

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Old Jul 23, 2001, 03:48 AM
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So I shouldn't have "Brand-X sells nothing but junk!!" in any of my titles (That was meant to be sarcasm)
I agree. Some people do it for the shock factor and the need to vent. Get some control people and show some class! It usually ends up making the poster look bad anyways.
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Old Jul 23, 2001, 10:22 AM
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Sorry! I deleted all my other posts here except for the one about Dymond. I wont post here again. Chris

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Old Jul 24, 2001, 12:38 AM
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Please don't misinterpert my message. If you have a problem that you have not been able to resolve then by all means post it. But in doing so use language that does not reflect your problem in a bad way. State the facts and stay away from the name calling and finger pointing. You will find that any replies you get will be far more informative and civil than if you had gone the other way.

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