I have the forum filter and block certain forums. I also block specific threads from forums I can see, if they get too obnoxious, which recently have been a few.
Forums attract many kinds of people. I don't spend as much time here as before because of other priorities. The biggest thing that causes me to block a thread is arrogance, the 'know it all's. Everyone has an opinion, and however long someone has been here doesn't give them special privilege to be rude, or to expect a special voice in the forums. But I don't let it bother me, it's human nature. I just ignore it or block it or say what I want to say.
I don't know how to block the ones I don't want to see.. You're right it is human nature but sometimes it gets really bad. Sometimes I think it would be better if we could respond to each other thru video so that things wouldn't be taken out of context, by actually seeing the persons face we would know if they were joking or serious when responding..
The religious forums. I need to learn enough self-control to ignore those posts.
What is the one thing you do not like about the forums and can do without? People starting threads like this would be nice to see go.
It insinuates that there is something wrong with the forums, yet there isn't anything wrong with them to begin with.
Political and Religion debates and arguing has last centuries. Why? Because both are used to control the masses, while others do as they please.
Politics is hypocritical. Religion is a dictatorship under the guise of a mythical unproven god.
Both are damaging to society and the overall survival of the human species.
I don't find anything wrong with the forums as they are. You are welcome to any thread you choose to engage in. You have your right to voice your opinions about anything you like. Just like you have in this thread, to begin with. Yes, it would be nice if things didn't result in insults, but an insult itself is subjective to the individual.
Almost anyone can find and rationalize being offended, even if it was true to begin with, especially in an online forum.
The only way to find out if someone is truthful, is to engage them in conversation and remember the conversation had, so you can use their own words against them, to prove a point. In some cases, people will evaluate what happened later and actually see that they were wrong in that specific instant. It happens, I know, I've lived through it and experience others who have come back to me to apologize.
Either way, good luck with your thread.
WoW, thanks! I find that there is a problem when so many get rather upset and like I said before nasty over the simplest of things. Sorry for asking a question Cagsil damn. This is why I'd just rather stay away as I did before and not even try to interact. It wasn't my intention to upset you.
My reasoning is that if there are disagreements there are ways to voice them in such a manner that does not make the person feel like an ass the way I feel right now.
I had nothing against you opening this thread. You had no reason to delete the OP. I get tired of people complaining about other people being insulted.
If you are insulted, then report the person. There is a remote possibility that some other hubber would report it, if they seriously believed it was an insult.
That is why I said, insults are subjective to the individual. You took offense in my post. Why? It wasn't anything against you as a person. You asked about the forums. You gave an example of people insults.
People are banned for some of the silliest stuff. You can get banned for calling someone "ignorant". What the truth of the matter is all human beings are ignorant, in some way, shape or form. So, it cannot be an insult. I realize truth hurts, but so does accepting it.
I don't want anyone to be reported or even banned.. Thats not the reason why I would ask this. I did take it personal Cags, SORRY, I wasn't having a good day... and you have been nothing but great with me in the past. So I doubly apologize...
You are absolutely right, something I need to accept. We are all ignorant to a level. That is why I like to come to the forums to see alot of you and ask you guys questions about things I don't know that you may be familiar with. It makes me feel good to see so many want to be helpful.
Then there are some that seem to be sarcastic when a question is asked. It can be intimidating at times.
I pretty much don't mind much of anything that goes on. Some stuff I like better than other, but I see it all as just part of the deal with forums. I could do without the unrelenting parade of new religious threads, and once in a while I get kind of irked to see yet more - but getting irked is going to happen.
In a way, I'd like to see more people have more to say (but say it in the spirit of having a conversation/discussion). It's sometimes so clear that because people have different personalities and preferences, there's a lot of misinterpreting one thing or another that goes on. You'll have one person who enjoys "healthy debate" (I'm that one), but then someone else may see debate as "arguing" or "negativity". You'll have one person who'd like to have a real conversation get going, but then someone else will think "real discussions" should be reserved for Hub-writing. It's kind of funny (but also not funny ) that pretty much whoever does/says whatever is going to irk someone else.
Julie2, I think this is a good conversation/thread to start. One thing I like about the forums is getting the chance to see how differently everyone can think about things, or approach things. I'd like to see another hundred thousand (or however many) Hubbers start participating in the forums (but only if they try not to be rude ). They'd be so much more interesting.
That is the point I was trying to make Lisa. I love healthy debate as much as the next person. Its when the name calling comes into play that I think it gets out of hand. I would love for the rudeness to be brought down a few levels. Sometimes I feel like I'm in High School all over again with the things I see people write to each other.
Oh my goodness, I think I sound like a flower child!
Hope you stick around. You are one of the few that makes the forums interesting.
Don't feel that way, as you didn't do anything wrong. You had something on your mind, and you spoke openly about it. Besides, you can't control what a few bad eggs say about you. Besides, it seems like we rarely ever see you in forums these days, as I know a lot of us would love to see you more, as you're probably one of the nicest people here.
Nice to see some supportive voices - that is what forums should be about. Plus a bit of banter of course, but the "other stuff" is needless. Problem is forums end up being ruled by Kings and Queens - no different to the school playground.
Still, once you learn who is who and where they are coming from - at least you can ignore it. Oh, it's so and so - they always have a go at me. Means nothing.
Some forums either don't cover those areas or moderate them more. There are options.
I can't think of anything that I don't like but I can say that I do appreciate the fact that there are some people here who despite the fact that I completely disagree with them, They are still decent people to talk to. One example would be Ernesthub, nice guy.
It is really good to find hubbers that will be nice and actually lend a hand if you have any questions. Or even those you can just BS with about anything...
I love having discussions with someone who thinks differently than I do. It's not very interesting or challenging to only be in conversations with people who "all agree". Not everyone (shall we say) "appreciates" those differences very much, though.
Thank you! We have had a few disagreements, and flat out don't agree on religion, but like a few others I disagree with here, you are not a bad guy either. I see through beliefs to the person behind them as you do.
I have seen your good side on many threads.
I could do without the people who pop in and ask for advice and then argue against all the good advice that is given to them. Either they want people's opinions and help or they don't, but don't ask for help and then give a dozen reasons why they can't accept the advice that is offered or why they are trapped, everything is hopeless, and nothing will ever change. It's very frustrating when they have already closed their minds and made their decision. What's the point?
That does suck and it can be frustrating. I asked a question I think it was last week about starting my own web page to sell my paintings and I have gotten so much feed back from great hubbers. I got my notebook out, wrote down all of the names of this and that they suggested I look into or use and I have been doing my research on all of them.
Why would I come back and tell them thanks for sharing but no thanks. It doesn't make sense. I can see your frustartion in that Disturbia.
Julie, you have to use Edweirdo's forum filter add on for Firefox or Chrome. It's very easy to use. And he now has an update which enables you to block any thread with a click.
You can check out his profile and the link is there.
Human nature has flaws.. but yes, you're right, sometimes the anonymity allows people to say what they would never say face to face. That can be seen on any given day here in Political/Religious forums, and lately in some of the HP related forums.
I see your response here,
And you didn't upset him. We are all 100% responsible for our reactions/responses. He chose to respond in the way he did. It has nothing to do with you.
Did someone answer the question how to block a thread? Most of my time in the community reading other hubpages and writing new ones, leaves little time to pop over to the Forums. Seems like if I steer clear of any unappealing subjects I won't have any problems.
I'm not familiar enough with the mechanisms to say if there could be improvement with how the Forums function, particularly. Great to have threaded replies, preview and formatting available.
"What is one thing you do not like about the forums and can do without?"
That HP does not invest the lousy one-week programmer time to implement filter capabilities.
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