Being able to join an online conversation can be exciting. It gives your words power and allows you to get your views out to a much larger audience. Having a forum to engage in a debate about something you feel strongly about is a great resource. Not only do you have a chance to help others see your point of view, but often, if you’re open-minded, you may learn something or change. Those are all good things.
When someone uses comments to personally attack those who don’t agree with them, or insult them, or to just be plain nasty, the conversation loses any value it may have had for the greater audience. Only two things start to come out of a conversation that starts to includes attacks: more attacks or the loss of the audience.
That kind of commenting will not be tolerated.
Disagreement can exist without disrespect.
It’s easy to forget that there are people behind the usernames you see on your screen. That person leaving a comment may be your neighbor, or your child’s teacher, or your doctor, your barista at your favorite coffee shop, and even your close friend. These are people in our community. Show them respect.