Sooner or later it had to happen. The more time one spends on the Net especially the blogosphere, the more one gets to meet lots of different kinds of people. And someone somewhere doesn’t agree with what you say. Now, one or the other of the following things happen:
(1) The person gets cheeky and leaves a comment that can be read either way. A back-handed compliment is staring at you the next time you check your blog.
My reaction: I prefer to avoid the insult. Depending on my mood I will either give back tit for tat or just let it be.
(2) The person prefers to avoid the issue. The non-confrontationalist is at work here.
My reaction: Good. I don’t go looking for fights.
(3) The person leaves a polite but open comment that he/she does not agree with you. But one can make out from the tone that a discussion with an opposite point of view can be carried on. No harm done.
My reaction: Great! I’m all for people with different opinions. Just because I don’t agree with you mean that you are against me.
(4) The person gets all personal and consequently rude.
My reaction: This is exactly what I cannot stand. This is a person’s blog. We are still a democracy in cyberspace, so I have a right to say what I want to.
(5) The person “misreads” what you have posted and take their time to rant in MY comments section.
My reaction: Take your rant elsewhere, please. If you can’t read English with the requisite meanings that the rest of the world agree on, I suggest you stop visiting my site.
To my utter disgust #5 happened to me. To top it all, the person actually said I can delete the comment. Of course, I won’t delete the comment. The existence of the comment itself is proof of his or her rudeness not mine.
Note: I am really appalled by what happened to Abaniko. I wish more and more people would start to practice tolerance in their lives.