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Stuart G

(38,650 posts)
Fri Apr 4, 2014, 05:02 PM Apr 2014

Posting on the Internet can be hurtful, and dangerous..Here is why.

The internet is not a letter, it is not a research project, it is a "post." Sometimes, or even often, I just write a post, and my little finger on my right hand hits the."enter key" on the computer and up it goes. That post could be one out of a hundred but , it goes up there with the rest, and I have said what I got to say. Good for me..
.... But often with me, I do not reread the post, or think about it, as I would a letter to someone. It is not revised or even spell checked. (I used to teach students how to write research papers..always revise them, look them over..etc.) But here, it is posted, along with many others. Quickly and on to the next story or post. It is instant. It is what I do.

Sometimes, here and in other places, my post was too quick and my meaning is not clear. Very rarely, it hurts someone, almost always by mistake, but up it goes anyway. Fortunately, for me, this is usually very minor. But I know many instances where this kind of posting, (in other places..) without thinking, and quickly, has done damage to the writer and many others. I am sure many examples can be given. But, I need to take some time and think about what goes up .... before I hit the "enter key" with my little finger on my right hand.. I might add, I guess that is what .."Preview" is for, but I want to put it up now, and not wait two minutes..

Thanks for reading this.
Stuart.

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Posting on the Internet can be hurtful, and dangerous..Here is why. (Original Post) Stuart G Apr 2014 OP
Um...What? LeftofObama Apr 2014 #1
"Post in haste repent at your leisure." n/t PoliticAverse Apr 2014 #2
if you hit "enter key" on DU GeorgeGist Apr 2014 #3
We've all done it. ForgoTheConsequence Apr 2014 #4
Some folks take posts on the internet too seriously bigwillq Apr 2014 #5
 

bigwillq

(72,790 posts)
5. Some folks take posts on the internet too seriously
Fri Apr 4, 2014, 05:36 PM
Apr 2014

Regarding DU: It's DU, a discussion board. That's it. I stopped taking DU seriously a long, long time ago.

I really could not be hurt by something someone says to me on DU.

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