As HubPages staff, we get a lot of questions, and a surprising number of them have to do with online drama. Unfortunately, if you write online or are active on one or more social networks, it is likely that at some point you will become caught up in some sort of drama. In this week’s podcast (How to Deal with Online Drama), we share some advice on dealing with it in the most classy and effective manner possible.
Here are our basic tips:
- In general, be careful how you word things online. If you are not very kind and courteous, people may misinterpret your behavior as hostile and lash back with a full out attack.
- If someone insults, attacks, or criticizes you online in a way that bothers you, do not respond.
- If someone leaves a comment on your writing that you find to be insulting or hurtful, feel free to delete it.
- If you feel as though you MUST respond to someone who attacks or insults you online, kill them with kindness. Only say nice and mature things. That said, in the vast majority of cases (especially personal cases) any response at all is a very bad idea.
- If someone insults, attacks, or criticizes someone very close to you, do not engage, and encourage that person to not respond, either.
- Keep in mind that unkind words that someone says only have as much power as you give them.
- The vast, vast majority of people (even very active ones) within a given online community will not give any credence to mean things someone else says about you. Try to remember that nobody cares.
- When you feel yourself getting emotional, walk away from your computer, go for a walk, finish some chores, or do something nice for a friend. This will help you put everything into perspective.
Just remember this, Hubbers: Don’t feed the trolls!