Sunday, 17 November 2013

Lessons from Facebook

This post was originally a little "note to self" about how to behave in online conversations, but since posting the "Shaykh and Bake Grenade" post have decided to make it into a suggested "code of conduct" for online discussions. This list is likely to evolve over time:

1) Leave no room for doubt in your posts

2) Be sure you understand what others are saying

3) Don't be too pushy

4) Stay on topic

5) Address the issues

6) Avoid lobbying "Shaykh and Bake" grenades into the conversation

7) Be Humble - the other person probably has a point.

8) It is not a competition to see who "wins" the argument.

9) Be respectful.

10) Please, for the love of all that is good in the world, spend a minute checking out conspiracy theory / pseudoscience / implausible facts - BEFORE you share them.

11) Appreciate that doing one thing does not preclude also doing something else - just as you can pay your gas bill and then later buy your groceries.

12) If someone is doing something practical for a cause, don't belittle it unless you can provide a better course of action THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN YOURSELF.

Original Post
Learnt some lessons from a conversation on Facebook yesterday. They are lessons that, frustratingly, BFTF seems to forget every so often.

Thought it might be worth writing them down as a "note to self" .

1) Leave no room for doubt in your posts

2) Be sure you understand what others are saying

3) Don't be too pushy

I have given my nafs(ego) a slap. I hope it has learnt its lesson

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