I read about half-a-dozen message boards on a regular basis these days, and I've run across some wonderful folks on all of them. I've also encountered a few jerks. Many public forums have moderators who can ban constant trouble-makers from posting, and have the power to delete posts that are offensive. This is necessary.
Today I'm on my soapbox. On what used to be one of my favorite message boards (it's not linked on this journal) people were wishing one another happy Easter. One lady included a scripture in her Easter greeting. This offended someone!
This person pointed out a section of the "forum rules", namely this: " Avoid political and religious ideology debates. They tend to cause inflamed discussions, anger, and hurt feelings, which put you at risk of violating these rules. This is an Almanac site, after all, not a political or religious site."
Debates? Since when did "happy Easter", "Have a blessed Easter" and "He is risen" turn into a debate? There's a Buddhist lady who posts on that board who told us she wasn't offended. By the way, I was not one of the people who posted Easter greetings, so this isn't a personal thing.
I read all kinds of views in J-land. The beliefs here run the gamut: atheists, Wicca, Christianity, and many others. As long as I am not personally attacked, I am not offended. One thing about a blog: I have the right to say what I believe. So does everyone else. I realize it isn't the same with a message board, which is probably the reason I post more in this journal these days, and less on the boards.
I've posted my last comment on that particular forum. I'll read from time to time, to see how my favorite people are doing. But if it's that easy to offend someone, I won't take the chance of doing so. I've permanently logged off that site, and have no intention of taking part again.