Lately I find myself growing impatient with learners who don’t even observe the basic rules of English, or asking questions that have been asked and answered several times already.
After my neck injury, with lots of time at my hands, I started thinking more about them. I came to realize that they are not just an anonymous entity with no feelings; no, they are human beings just like me. They have feelings, they have a heart, and instead of sarcasm from me or others, they need encouragement.
I realized how easy it is to sit behind a keyboard, showing off how good I am, and belittle those who are not as good. Going back, looking at earlier posts of mine, I found that this was a habit that grew over time.
So I want to apologize to all those I offended.
And I want to ask others to think before they post. As mentioned before, it is easy to sit anonymously behind a keyboard, letting your sarcasm get the better of you, and therefore offend the one who doesn’t know better because he/she is just learning. And there is also the fact to consider that there is always someone who knows things better than we do. We might not like it, but these are the people we learn from, so let’s bite the bullet and be polite, whether we like them or not.
We also have to realize that our posts are a mirror of ourselves; that everyone who happens to look at these forums from outside judges them by our posts, and some of them might be repelled by hateful or sarcastic posts, and therefore do not join in. This is a pity, there are so many out there who want to learn, and we put them off with thoughtless posts.
At the end of the day, we are all here pursuing the same goal; to learn proper English, and to have fun while we are doing it. We are all human, so let’s treat each other with respect.