Writers move in a relatively small circle of friends; through message boards, social media and professional contacts many of us know each other and when someone is behaving badly it gets around - fast. Twice this week I've made decisions to cut back on ties with a popular board due to writers I don't have patience to deal with any longer. I stop myself from sending negative RPs since their decisions to be rude, disrespectful and flat out mean are a reflection upon themselves and their words speak louder on the screen than any admonishment from me would do.
Have people become more loose with their manners since the web is relatively safe from consequences? I know agents google prospective clients, do posts made in nasty tones effect their chances of being represented? Or does it simply drive away people who were there with good intentions but left due to drama?
I'll save my words to fight the good fight and not dissolve into name-calling or frenzied typing to prove I'm right. I've seen too much of it there - this chapter is done.