Netiquette in forums The above was a link to a blog I had written in May 2012. I had a chance to read a member's snippet expressing her anguish about someone making negative comments about her story in a different forum. For some strange reason, a handful of misguided individuals respond in a very disruptive and disorderly manner destabilizing the cordial atmosphere and friendship that makes everyone thrive in this wonderful platform. Even though there are moderators for every sub-forum, they can’t be looking for such troubling posts throughout this forum to deal with them properly and often it is necessary for ordinary members to report such posts in IL. Sometimes the members need to stand against such inappropriate bullying and questioning of intelligence of other members who share their creativity with the hope that the encouragement from others would make them thrive and achieve greater heights. Personally, I have experienced provocative responses to some of my posts as well sometimes interrupting my direct communication appreciating the contributions of one of the reputed IL members. Generally, I prefer to ignore such provocation and move on even without reporting. It is my humble view that such members are doing it jovially without understanding how such actions could affect the friendship between two members involved. In my view, writing in IL is not a contest to determine who is smarter. This is a social forum where the members freely express life experiences, hobbies, books of their interest, love for nature, poetic skills, love for doodles, interest in Carnatic music, excellent recipes, sense of humor (sometimes self-deprecating), health and fitness tips, knowledge of other planets, relationship issues, story writing skills, spiritual thoughts, social awareness, political satire and many more countless subjects of their interest. It is a platform for collaboration to build comradeship and help each other. There is enormous potential here to learn from each other. This is a single platform where people from different generations interact and share their knowledge and experience. There is so much older generation learns from the younger generation and vice versa. I am all for freedom of expression and never for over-sensitive reactions for ordinary sense of humor. However, I am against systematic posts that undermine the ability of the members to express themselves or making them vulnerable for provocation or an attempt to strain the relationship among the members. Let us all try to get into the shoes of others and assess how the other members would feel before posting anything. A measured response to any thread is always the key. Moderators have several administrative functions besides monitoring the posts and they do their moderation work voluntarily for the benefit of this Forum. Let us all appreciate their voluntary contributions by conducting ourselves in an orderly manner. Still, mistakes are human and when someone calls that mistake, let us make a concerted effort to apologize. I am not writing this with any authority from IL administrators or any moderators for that matter. I am also not writing this as a Hall of Fame member and not even as a senior by age. It is a humble request from an ordinary member to all my friends young and old to maintain the decorum of this wonderful platform by seeking harmony. None of us can assess the frame of mind or circumstances under which the members post here. Let us always given the benefit of doubt to them and be as cordial as possible. Let any advice given with good intention be measured. The positivity threads created in various sub-forums are intended to reduce tension among the members and promote friendship. This is not a platform to express our anger, jealousy, hatred, greed and superiority but an opportunity to introspect and eliminate our bad qualities. How we conduct ourselves when we remain anonymous is the best way to assess our character. Let the members provide their measured responses here to demonstrate our strong friendship and unyielding focus on unity.