I am not the moderator for this site, just a member who has found this site to be a fabulous resource and a wealth of information for my raw journey. I’d just personally like to send a greeting to you all. I’ve found Gone Raw to be a site where good-natured people who just want a better way of life congregate. I am leaving this post to make you aware of some things, so that you can have the best possible experience on this website.
If you are like I was a few days ago, you are probably not aware of the term Troll. A Troll is a person who has entered the site for the purpose of causing confusion amongst us all. I’m not telling you this to scare you, or make you paranoid. I just want you to be aware. A Troll is a person that does things such as posts forums and/or leaves comments that shock people, offend people, or causes arguing and confusion. Sometimes Trolls are very comical, or subtle with their approach, but other times they are very blatant and rude. A subtle approach, for example, would be a Troll that leaves a comment that gets people to open up on personal issues that could possibly embarass them or just get them to reveal too much about their personal lives. Then they just sit back and laugh, I’m sure, but in the meantime they’ve probably wasted people’s time. They even try to evoke pity for themselves. But eventually the Boogie man comes out one way or another.
Recently, there has been a person disguised as four different people who has entered the site for the purpose of causing confusion amongst us all. This person has done all of the above…posted forums and left comments that shocked people, offended people, or caused arguing and confusion, been very subtle with their approach, but other times was are very blatant and rude. The only good thing I can say that came out of all of this is that the genuine, sincere people on this site really gave some sincere, itelligent answers that really helped some people. Even the ones who reacted with great passion were mature enough to recognize where they could have responded differently, and all was well in the end. But many people still got their feelings hurt, and to prevent this from happening to you, I’ve posted a few suggestions that may help you to have an enjoyable experience on this site, and to be able to recognize nonsense when you see it.
.I don’t think that we have to go around feeling paranoid of being ourselves on this website. I’m going to post a few words of advice that I think may help, but first I’d like to say…
I am not “the expert”, nor do I think that I am perfect. I am known to be a feisty, touchy person myself at times, but am working on my personality. This is not my time to shine, nor do I have all things in life figured out. But if I may add a few more suggestions to what has already been said….my only reason for doing so is because I love this site, and would not want there to be a breakdown in communication amongst each other.
Greenghost (another member on this site) was right about ignoring the Trolls. Evetually they will go away when they see they can’t get a reaction from anyone. So here’s a little advice: (this is not the official Golden Rule of course, which says do unto others as you would have others do unto you. but I have found that some do not know how to love themselves, let alone, treat others properly. This is the reason for rephrasing).
GOLDEN RULE: DO NO HARM!
1. For anyone reading a post that seems as though a person is hurling malicious or even subtlety malicious remarks to stir up emotions and cause bickering, the best thing to do is to not respond back to the person AT ALL. Even responding in a polite or joking manner, will only feed the Trolls. Remember, DO NO HARM!
2. Making “snide remarks” i. e. making rude remarks to other people which are really remarks targeted for a particular person is still adding fuel to fire, fanning the flames, flaming, feeding the troll…whatever you like to call it. Remember, DO NO HARM!
3. Don’t let what went on over the past several days in regards to these posts stop you from asking your questions no matter how “dumb” you may think they are. If you are asking sincerely, and really want an answer, then the truth will show and you will most likely get a sincere answer to your questions. Your questions may help someone else who was afraid to ask. Anyone who is sincere about answering your question will remember to DO NO HARM!
4. Don’t be afraid to state your opinion even if it is contrary to popular opinion. If we don’t stand for something we will fall for anything and I think that as adults, we can have intellectual debates that raise awareness while still being able to agree to disagree. Although it’s quite impossible to NEVER offend anyone in life, we can keep our intentions pure. A person can stand firmly and state their opinion without belittling others and hurling insults. Just keep in mind to DO NO HARM! and you will be just fine.
Trolls can’t harm us, or cause havoc amongst us unless we let them. Remember to DO NO HARM! Now, I’m taking donations for anyone who’d like to contribute to my peace fund….LOL! I’m just joking. ;-)