What got me started on this topic today were a couple of so called artists who criticized a spotlight post with images by one of the industry's finest photographers. They weren't happy with just a comment about the images, but chose to suggest he look for work elsewhere.
- If you're going to criticize somebody's images then at the very least make sure your images are better. With one critique, I was able to look at the originator's site and Molly the Wonder Dog could capture nicer images. The other was typically anonymous.
- Learn to spell or, at the very least, proofread the trash you're about to publish. I had one comment that I still haven't figured out.
- Build your own forum. Free speech is a wonderful comment, but my blog or somebody else's aren't free platforms for you to spout your views on anything but the topic at hand. You don't get to use our pages to rant about everything you feel is an injustice in the world.
- STOP USING ALL CAPS TO MAKE A POINT. You don't need to yell. If it's a good point it'll be recognized as worthy and if not, then share it with your mother, who might be one of the few people still proud of you.
- Last on the list, when we throw you out of a forum take a little responsibility for offending everybody around you. Stop whining and trying to rally everybody for your cause. Nobody cares! We've tossed out and blocked over 700 members on Facebook Wedding Photographers. These are people who simply never learned to play nice!
Here's the point...You made the decision to be a troll or act like one. And, while we all have moments where our frustrations get the best of us, not everybody chooses to make it a lifestyle. Maybe it's time to take down that poster of Oscar the Grouch you've had on your wall since you were a kid; he was never meant to be a role model.