I get on TuDiabetes every few months. Today I got online and saw posts that were negative, dismissive, and sarcastic. If you have nothing to add but simply feel the need to correct or diminish someone else’s idea or opinion, please don’t post. We are all equals here, and no one has the “right” to feel better by putting others “in their place”. Life with T1 is hard enough without this information forum becoming a vehicle for ranting.
This is not a place to vent your anger at other people or institutions. I want to know about your experience. If you are frustrated by someone’s comment, you can compassionately ask for more information, rather than calling people names. Let us rise to our best selves and be kind to each other. I hope this kind of posting ends.
This is part of what is posted about the guidelines, below:
Empathy- A positive environment where our members support and help each other. This doesn’t mean it’s all roses all the time, but it means that, overall, we strive for maintaining an encouraging and supportive space for all people touched by diabetes. This is what the basic guidelines say for this site:
Support-Valuable information-Respect- We value diverse points of view. All people touched by diabetes are welcome. You may find opinions and positions that are not similar to yours, and it’s OK to disagree. It’s just not OK to do so in a disrespectful manner. If you are unsure about whether something may be disrespectful to others, try to put yourself in the shoes of the other person and consider how you would feel if you were on the receiving end of the comments/contribution you are making.
Patience and Tolerance- We embrace openness and authenticity, as long as it doesn’t conflict with the other values. If you disagree with someone else’s comment, in reply to something you contributed to the community, as long as it was a comment that was made in alignment with these values, don’t delete it. Doing so shows no respect for the other person’s comment.