The following is the email dialogue between me and a former user of Writer Beat. As you read the exchange there are three questions I’d appreciate feedback on.
Knowing I cherish all participants, was there a better way to handle the situation?
Do you agree with Sandy (not her real name)?
Assuming you agree with her, is there anything I should do about the situation?
Sandy - Please unsubscribe. Sorry, but your site seems to be a haven for racist, anti-Obama haters who don’t give a hoot about facts.
Autumn - That should be an incentive to be a voice of reason and truth on the site. Exiting the debate puts these other voices in the driver seat. You don't have to ask me a third time, but I'm hoping you change your mind.
Sandy - I went into it expecting some challenging arguments, but I found that posting even a slightly “liberal" comment on the site drew swarms of angry conservatives with repetitive talking points who wanted nothing to do with actual reason or facts. I literally felt under siege and eventually gave up. Unfortunately, some people don’t want to debate ideas, they want to crush their opponent’s voice.
You seem to be a nice person, and hope you won’t take it personally, but my blood pressure just goes over the top when I see the outright lies being printed by bitter conservatives on the site.
Autumn - In leaving the site, I would argue you are the one uninterested in debate. Best of luck, I sincerely hope you change your mind and re-enter the fray.