Greetings, Manic Fans. Â I’m not sure when it went up, but I gotta say I really like the new “rating” features we now have at Manic Expression. Â There’s a 5-star rating for Blogs, and individual thumbs up or thumbs down for any comments given on them. Â I’ve often wanted to thumbs up or 5-star praise the really great ones.
However, a pattern has emerged that I’ve noticed that makes me even happier. Â Someone here is thumbing down every comment I make on mine and other people’s blogs. Â Why is this great? Â Simple. Â Whoever is doing it is satisfied with anonymous, non-specific, harmless and therefore meaningless stabs against me. Â Whoever they are, they’re not directly coming at me. Â They’re not trolling me. Â Whatever problem they have with me, they don’t care to address it with me(publicly or privately by pm). Â They’re happy enough with me doing whatever they have a problem with, that they just thumb me down, and the problem NEVER GETS SOLVED.
It reminds me of something that happened awhile back when I posted a blog that an unspecified member here had such a bad problem with that they were willing to quit the site, rather than tell me they had a problem with me and give me a chance to make reparations for the offense(WHICH I STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT IT WASâ€¦.just sayingâ€¦). Â I have a hard time relating with anyone with self-esteem that poor that they’d rather give up than try and solve the problem(But that doesn’t mean I don’t care about them or want to help if I can). Â As far as I’m concerned, everyone has a right to believe their feelings and opinions matter-no matter who they’re talking to. Â I’m not so outstanding that I think I’m above anyone else in the membership. Â Whatever respect people give to me I believe happens because I try to respect others first.
And so, I’m making this offer to whoever hides behind the “thumbs down” action.
Whatever I did to piss you off…Whatever it is about me that offends youâ€¦If you have a grievance against me. Â Please tell me what it is(in private, if you like). Â I promise to consider whatever you tell me with an open mind. Â I promise that if the offense is legitimate, I’ll publicly apologize for it and attempt to change my behavior to fix the problem. Â If you don’t want any of this aired, I promise to be bound by confidence whatever you tell me and keep it secret.
That’s my offer. Â I hope you accept it, my friend. Â Peace.