Ben wrote:Thanks Aloka,
I always think its useful to engage in some critical reflexive self-analysis - whether its in regards to our Dhamma practice or whether it is in relation to something a bit more mundane such as online interaction. It is all too easy to adopt an alternative online persona or modify our behaviour (even unknowingly) to say and do things we would not do in "the real world".
With online behaviour here at Dhamma Wheel, I believe we have a pretty good balance. In partnership with our membership we have developed a relaxed and respectful environment in which to discuss the Dhamma, our lives and various interests. Excesses of behaviour which breach the TOS are subject to moderator attention.
I wasn't suggesting there was anything amiss here at DW, I was refering to the internet in general and to my own online interactions.
I think its possible to assume a lot about others which might be completely inaccurate, when one only has the written word . Indeed some people can have serious mental health difficulties and other problems in their lives which we may never get to know about, if we're not discussing personal issues with them. Sometimes these private issues can spill over and affect their internet communications
In some ways therefore, it can be less straightforward than dealing with the workplace bullying and attention seeking that I was reading about originally, so I guess its always best to be cautious, as well as polite.
With kind wishes,