Posted March 25th, 2022 by Caleb Bell
An online community represents people coming together for a common cause, goal, or expression of an idea. It can give people a sense of belonging without revealing too much of their identity. People can make up an identity with a username and any photo to disguise who they are. If ethical guidelines are upheld in an online community, it can be a healthy space for people to connect and share ideas. However, an online community can quickly become toxic if ethical guidelines aren’t followed.
Each person has grown up with certain beliefs shaped by their personal experiences. Therefore, commenters may have opposing opinions and want to share their experiences about specific topics. As long as commenters kindly share their views while respecting others’ counter opinions, it should be a healthy communication engagement. The article “How To Talk To People Who Disagree With you Politically” states that finding common ground with others and avoiding topics that will lead to confrontations is essential when connecting with others.
The community needs to be able to flag inappropriate comments, so they feel like their voice is heard when it comes to hurtful statements toward others.
I will enable the block feature if comments are offensive and demeaning towards my followers or me. If anyone comments threatening or persistent harassment towards others, I will ban them, so everyone else in the community feels safe. It’s essential for community members to feel safe so they will continue to follow my blog.