Insulting engagement happens frequently. Good Digital Citizens don’t want problems as a matter of netiquette, but trolls do. Refrain from posting how you truly feel if it is insulting to others.
There are nice ways to share your opinion. Trolls usually do not get the message. Good users do.
We have a duty to be aware of social signals. Insults that result from online activity are not always what they seem. An insult to one person may not be to another. Communication can be taken out of context.
Flames Insulting Joke
Family Guy, a popular United States cartoon has an insulting joke in this segment. A reporter asks every Persian guy in Rhode Island what they would do if they won the lottery. Buy a white BMW was their response.
My first car in 1992 was a White BMW. I think it is funny. I am Royalty. Many Persians have bought white BMW’s since then for this cartoon to have been made. Insulting to Persians with other cars because it is not true.
Internet Troll Flame War
Most of the time engaging trolls backfires. They may have a planned response to make you look bad. Some networks allow engagement to be altered or deleted. It can be a real trap.
From a technical standpoint responding to flames increases popularity through Search Engine Optimization. Socially, it can be a trap. Personal attacks online can be hard to defend.
The positive nature of good people makes no response the right response as a popular convention.
An Internet flame is an insult. Flame wars are insulting threads. They denote poor communications skills and reflect on the family, upbringing, of the person using them.
People who browse the internet looking for others to insult are known as trolls. Trolls post insults and other inflammatory material. Responding to it gives it influence in the community because references raise rankings.
Any resort to conflict, defensive or argumentative statements, insults, violence, or ending communication, can be offensive. Thus, cyber bullying. Dialogue or discussion is a reasonable tactic for misunderstanding.
Internet Cyber Bullying
Some of us may be tempted to post flames. We can be popular without insulting others. Hurting others is not the answer to our own insecurities. Genuine engagement is better than offensive behavior.
It is proper netiquette to avoid inflammatory content, flames. We must refrain from intentionally offending each other.
Public relations techniques and tactics can be used to deal with negative media. They may be used for various reasons. One thing using them does is brings you to the same level as the insulting entity. It uses the media for self-promotion.
Refrain from posting or responding to disrespectful material, insults.
In private forums it may be alright to joke. The internet is a public forum because transmission of data is through public utilities. Public health and safety can be affected by online insults.
Get attention for good reasons. Avoid altercations. Find a comfort zone. Reach out appropriately.