Wow…ever write a blog and accidentally kick a hornets’ nest? That’s what happened to me with my original Cyber Bullying on Goodreads post. The point of that particular article was that Goodreads didn’t really respond to my questions about how they deal with people who abuse their review policy. I have heard terrible stories about cyber bullying (against authors and reviewers/readers alike) as I’m sure most of you have. In that blog, I was trying to point out that Goodreads may not be addressing the issue as well as they should.
Now with 16 million users on Goodreads, there are bound to be a few mean people in the mix. What I wanted to do was raise awareness of cyber bullying in general, and to encourage people to be respectful towards each other and report abuse if they happened to run across it. I don’t think it is possible for the people at Goodreads to police 16 million people without some help from their users. It was never my intention to single people out, name names, or point fingers. My point was more general: cyber bullying is an issue we all need to be concerned with.
While I did mention one site that reports on alleged bullying incidents, it was never my intention to support or validate any one website or promote any one single side of this topic. Again, my focus was on my issues with Goodreads lack of response to my questions, and I was wondering aloud what effect, if any, Amazon’s purchase of Goodreads might have on the future of that site.
I really appreciated the responses to that post, and those of you who commented. It made me realize what an incredibly sensitive topic this is. I knew that before, but I was a little overwhelmed by the emotional responses I received. When things got personal between some of the people commenting, I opted to remove the post. I don’t mind respectful discussion or dissenting opinions. I love to hear what other people think. I have learned a great deal from the comments people have left on my blog, but I didn’t want my post about cyber bullying to turn into a perfect example of it.
We only have each other…play nice.