First, we'd like to thank you for truly participating in the forums. It would be pretty dull around here if there were no discussion going on.
Message Posted: Aug 17, 2012 2:01:19 PM
We'd also like to take this time to remind you that these forums are here as a fun part of GasBuddy. They are far from the true meaning of GasBuddy. They just provide something to do as part of a group.
We fully believe that it is easy to participate in the message forums while maintaining a calm, intellectual and meaningful demeanor.
Disagreements are a natural part of the politics forums. If everyone thought the same way all the time, there would be nothing to discuss. Disagreement is perfectly okay. Using a disagreement to attack or belittle another GasBuddy is absolutely unacceptable.
Here is an example of attacking a post (and using arguments to back up assertions, which is how an argument works):
Member 1: Member 2's view that Politician A's stance on gasoline prices is a good thing is based on falsehoods (such as example X, Y and Z).
Here is an example of attacking a member of GasBuddy:
Member 3: Member 4's view that Politician A's stance on gasoline prices is a good thing is ridiculous. Therefore Member 4 is clearly out of their mind and probably stupid.
In this example, it is clear that Member 1 has a better idea than Member 3 of how to use the message forums without behaving in a childishly mean or ignorant way.
There are many other examples of how not to use the message forums, of course, but the underlying idea is to treat others in a kind way. If you feel that you cannot be kind while using the message forums, please do not post. There is a big difference between disagreeing with someone and posting hateful, disdainful, rude or otherwise unpleasant messages.
Always ask yourself, "Is it kind toward GasBuddy members? Does it add valuable content to the discussion at hand without belittling other posters? Do I really need to post this?" If the answer is "Yes," to each of these questions; post away. If the answer is "No," to even one of these questions, perhaps your own personal website or blog would be a better place to post it.
That said, if you, yourself feel that you are being attacked by another member, it is not appropriate to attack back. The correct action to take is to use the given forum tools. Found in every single message in the forums is a link that reads, "Ignore" and another link that reads "Report Abuse". The "Ignore" link makes that member's posts invisible to you. It's like magic. You will never have to see a post from that member again. The "Report Abuse" link brings you to a form you can fill out to bring that specific post directly to our attention for review. We VERY STRONGLY ADVISE that you use these tools rather than partake in any kind of bickering or attacks on other members.
Remember back to kindergarten when we would have learned that 2 wrongs do not make a right. Rather than make problems worse by responding to personal attacks, when they arise, do the mature thing and 1) Report Abuse, 2) Ignore the member. From there, it's no longer your problem.
Thanks again for using the message forums and thank you especially to those who choose to do so without causing unnecessary negativity. Let's have a good time at this!