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Category Archives: Online Civility

Praise in public; criticize in private

13702760“I’ve read some recent public appraisals of public servants on FPF. There is an old and very good adage about this. Praise in public; criticize in private. When we have a problem with how someone’s performance or behavior is affecting us, it is best to tell that person directly, in private. Try to do it without personalizing it and assume the other is a good person who wants to do the best they can. Doing it in public humiliates and hurts people but rarely resolves a conflict.”
• Michael, Westford Front Porch Forum



Online harassment survey results

Craig Newmark, of craigslist fame, recently released an infographic highlighting the results of a survey about online harassment.  Some points from the survey:

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Limerick On Being Neighborly

#VT – By Sara on Bristol Front Porch Forum

When sharing our thoughts on email
Rather than over an ale,
Keep kindness in mind
And I think we will find,
With goodwill, our forum can’t fail.