Before commenting I find it useful to run it through a fairly well-known triple filter in my head: (1).Is it true (as far as one can know); (2).Is it necessary? (3).Is it kind?
If everyone did this pretty simple quick-n'-easy check on themselves, we'd all have more energy for writing poetry.
This community is a direct reflection of the world. It mirrors the people the god, the bad and the ugly (1) This is true.
Why should we expect it to be any different?
the world community occasionally feels it necessary to raise their voices concerning injustice. People are sent to jail. They are expelled from the community. There are many criminal types living in the community with some sort of immunity from successful prosecution. "They portray themselves as angels of light"
Is DU any different I would say a definite NO! why would we expect it to be any different. Sometimes complaints voiced in comments and poetry are important (2) this is necessary
Sometimes kindness simply doesn't work. If you are kind to ugly personalities like bullies, for example, it will be seen by them as a sign of weakness. The silence of the German people in the rise of the Nazi Party was unforgivable and the collaborators should all have been punished. Is DU any different? Again I would say NO! Many people in the world suffer in silence, some only a few raise their voices and comments and poems can be portrayed as unkind possible cruel. Why should we expect DU to be any different? "It is cruel to be kind, but kind to be kinda cruel" (3) comments poems exposing honesty and reality can be both kind and unkind
I have a dossier of evidence of members constantly breaking DU guidelines. Other members also have evidence of deliberate cruelty visited on them by DU members. The strange thing is that these pieces of evidence have been shared with the webmiss and the mods and they have either been ignored or protection seems to be given to certain people. This is the history of DU actions and inertia. Most of the complaints I raise about certain members bullying are, in the main, completely ignored as are the complaints from other members
I am a second class member here. I am banned from commenting directly on certain members regardless of their comments about me and their dishonest comments and poetry. I don't think any other members are treated in such a manner. This is despite being a monthly financial subscriber to DU. As was intimated I am considering my membership of a community that allows deliberate cruelty and rule-breaking (1)This is true (2) This is not necessary (3) this is unkind