so it seems for the past couple days there has been some tension around people's responses to posts - worries about sounding too harsh, scaring newbies away, etc. i posted, as tactfully as i could, a response, or opinion, about a post and felt like i had my hand slapped by a post that followed. i understand how important it is to try and be tactful, and diplomatic, and to not be harsh and judgemental, but now i'm afraid to post anything that contains an opinion that might be different from someone else's. i would hope that we all do the best we can in trying to make our point kindly, but our opinions do differ, and when they do, it isn't about being provocative, or judging. when i post a different opinion, i try to be especailly careful. but really, we ought to be able to post our perspectives, opinions thoughts, etc, without being called to task and told we shouldn't be so harsh.
i'm sure there are times, when even with the best of efforts, our posts (my posts) may come across differently than intended. i feel like i have to be soooo careful about how i word things, even now, because i'm afraid someone will take offense. it really makes it hard to want to post responses, because i'm worried about how someone else will take what i said, even if i meant it well.
i'm not sure that made any sense at all. i just needed to vent because i'm disappointed and confused about how to respond, and how to handle when my opinions differ from others, and vice-versa. AND because i've been trying hard to be diplomatic and tactful, and still things get taken in ways they weren't intended. oh, well... maybe i'm just being too sensitive. thanks for listening.