Callous, insensitive remarks are getting too numerous

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John Storjohann
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Callous, insensitive remarks are getting too numerous
Dec 24, 2005

Whether in response to off topic posts for prayer, questions that have been previously posted and answered, the quality and nature of photos that are posted - the truly insensitive and callous nature of some of the responses - and the sheer number of them relative to years past - is disheartening.

Yes, this is a photography forum; more specifically, a Canon photography forum dedicated to a few specific camera models. What transcends any good forum, however, is the sense of community that is built up over time. The number of off topic post are not so overwhelming as to threaten the integrity of the forum; in most instances, the posts are from members that have posted, and continue to post, relative topics but who have hit a moment in their life when they call upon the community here for aid; whether in the form of prayer, in sharing a moment in their life, etc. Sure, there are a few that are somewhat incessant in their use of those more private/personal posts, but not to the point where they are overwhelming the board.

In the long haul, it's about the people. The images we create are meant to tell a story, to move/inspire/impact the viewer - the people that are part of the board. In time, we come to feel that we know these people, friendships are formed, things are shared. Yes, once it reaches that point, personal e-mails become the more preferred method of communication some things, but some of that will inevitably manifest itself in posts here as well. Does it really take less emotional energy to post a nasty response than to simply skip a post that doesn't "pass muster"? Passing a post by that you don't agree with is the sure way to have it "go away" from the "frontpage".

My two cents for the day.

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Keep chasing the light!

John

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