It Would Be So Nice If You Weren’t Here...Just a Thought
In case you’re wondering, yes there have been some people who have been told “It would be so nice if you weren’t here” during my 13 years or so at ActiveRain.
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! asked in the Q&A if we agreed with the decision to give the boot to those who have chosen not to abide by the ActiveRain Guidelines.
And of course, it’s not an easy question to answer. As in life, the answers aren’t always a simple Yes or No.
Over the years I’ve seen some who were asked to leave because they chose not to follow the guidelines. From what I understand, they were given the opportunity to shake the sand out of their clothes and decide to play nice or to go find their own sandbox.
I have no problem with that.
And, yes technically, recipes and jokes and such may not be smiled on but let’s face it...who in the heck wants to read listings and market reports all day?
The family posts (yes I’m guilty), the recipes, the quotes, and photos are like the icing on and in between the layers of the cake. Without it, the cake would be blah.
However, there are some areas in the community guidelines that need to be respected. Following them is what helps to make this the community that it is.
Snarkiness belongs on the street...copyright infringement could land you in court or cost you money and in any event, members will soon channel Dionne Warwick and Walk On By...never to return.
It is up to ActiveRain (that would be Ben Kinney) to decide what to do in matters of who stays and who goes. However, I have learned that when members feel that certain posts could jeopardize the whole community then we make our voices heard.
For me, unless the member and their posts seriously violate the spirit of the community, then I walk on by. There are too many issues in life that require my energy.