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Mental Health In Question: Why is making fun of others, and/or bullying an acceptable thread topic?


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Initial post: Apr 18, 2011 11:01:35 AM PDT
Just wondering why such things are not addressed in Amazon's TOS.

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 1:00:08 PM PDT
C.A.B says:
I don't know. Everyone always jumps to defend the bullied ones. Ive noticed this so far.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2011 1:16:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 18, 2011 1:16:49 PM PDT
C. Blair - While I know you're absolutely right about that, and really thank god for the defenders. I just find myself wondering why some of the thread titles are allowed at all. At least on the surface anyway - some of them appear specifically designed to hurt people. It's a more subtle thing than say, racism. But, if some of the words used were replaced by race denigrating words there would be an immediate uproar. Even when the belittled are, as you say defended within the discussion - the thread title remains alive to continue its cruel intent.

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 1:30:45 PM PDT
W.H. says:
JE,

A lot of would-be bullies are cowards at heart. They don't dare bully people in real life because they fear well-deserved retaliation.

Online, though? They can create a persona brimming with false bravado. They say what they please because they're out of sight and out of reach.

Of course, they must beware of "internet sleuthing."

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2011 1:58:16 PM PDT
W.H. - I get what you're saying and I totally agree, but what I don't really get is why Amazon allows the titles to remain in place? I know when something is really abusive they will go in and remove posts, and I've heard they will even ban certain people, but overtly offensive titles continue on and on. I've also heard that they will remove the entire threads of people who self promote (though I've not seen it for myself). What I'm getting at, is that it looks like - because say 2000 people have jumped into the fray, Amazon takes *that* as a sign that the discussion is in effect *popular* and therefore has the right to continue to exist *as is* on the boards.

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 3:10:00 PM PDT
Night0wl says:
Bullying, harassment, arrogance: is becoming more common on the internet in almost any forum. Anonymity is the cause. Posters don't need to be civil because no one knows who they are. It's spilling over into political discussions causing more divisions between people.

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 3:15:32 PM PDT
That Night0wl is dead on truth! Certainly very sad, but also very true. What I want to know is what does Amazon get out of that dynamic?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2011 3:28:48 PM PDT
Night0wl says:
I don't know that Amazon gets anything out of these discussions other than that it gives people a place to vent, er discuss. ;) Anything that keeps people coming back to a site, keeps them possibly looking at the products.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2011 7:26:32 PM PDT
Yet the products themselves cannot be legitimately promoted on the discussion boards by the people who are selling them. Stranger and stranger... Lets face it Amazon is in business to make money. That's their purpose and I have no argument with that in any way. Still with that being said I am left with the assumption, for the time being anyway, that there must be *something* in allowing such titling - that ultimately reflects on the positive side of the ledger. I am burning with curiosity:-P

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 12:26:49 PM PST
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Posted on Feb 20, 2012 12:29:36 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2012 10:56:40 AM PST
It certainly keeps people on Amazon's website longer. I don't see how that makes them any money, but maybe somehow they are able to use that to their advantage. If 2000 people spend their time responding to a flaming, insulting post, then 2000 people spent a few more minutes on Amazon rather than elsewhere. And the people who get interested in that sort of thing might come back more frequently if there's a flame war going on than they would have if there was not. I agree with you though, I don't understand why posts insulting everybody who has a mental illness are not viewed as discrimination, because the stigma that surrounds mental illness makes life hell for people who have a mental illness, just like the discrimination against other groups of people creates problems. It is not fair, or right, and should not be allowed on any website where any human rights are considered worthwhile.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 7:22:36 AM PST
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Posted on Mar 7, 2012 7:28:09 AM PST
If you click on the line in the upper right of the page, (What are Customer Discussions?), you can read Amazon's "official" policy on posts and posters.

But I'm active in various Amazon forums, and have a virtual posse of cyber-parasites who trip over their Personality Disorders to taunt, ridicule, attack and harass me after nearly everything I post, in any forum.

I just click on the "Ignore this customer" at the lower right of the troll's post box, and all I see is their name - and their venomous posts never go to my e-mail, if I am following that discussion.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2012 3:14:35 PM PDT
Bulldog says:
Personally I think it's because around 99% of Amazon's removing is done by bots, not real people. I was going to put an example into my post, but realized that my post would be automatically deleted even though I was not using the "bad" words in an insulting manner.

Although I'm not a fan of censorship, some threads you can tell are just little minds crying for attention. I guess they believe that negative attention is better than no attention at all.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2012 3:11:53 AM PDT
I am being bullied by Ace. I stand alone in my battle. I have kindly asked Ace to bag off my bag, to no avail.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2012 12:48:38 PM PDT
lol

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2012 1:44:08 PM PDT
My pretty Pony Panthor!:)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2012 2:08:28 PM PDT
ace™ says:
hi, panthor! ♥

corinne's pretty funny alright... and you've known me long enough on these fora to know that i am not, and never have been, a bully.

i must admit that "I am being bullied by Ace. I stand alone in my battle." almost brought a tear to my eye. almost. ok, not quite. ok.... tears of laughter. i have never believed in calling people names (it accomplishes nothing) but i feel the need to point out that corinne has a tenuous relationship with reality. she is, after all, accusing me of bullying, so am i not allowed to defend myself?

nice to see you again, panthor! ☼

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2012 3:13:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 14, 2012 3:13:44 PM PDT
"but i feel the need to point out that corinne has a tenuous relationship with reality"

Projection Bias. No seas maricón.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2012 4:42:46 PM PDT
ace™ says:
"Projection Bias. No seas maricón."

projection bias? look in the mirror.

i speak spanish. who's being a bully now? (answer: you)

i'm "gay"? i'm "up your skirt"?

nothing wrong with being gay. but, i'm straight, so i'm not "up your skirt". i guess you wish i was.

oh, and i guess you didn't get the fact that panthor was laughing at you for calling me a bully.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2012 6:06:32 PM PDT
Hold the phone. I did not call you gay. I told you to stop being an ahole. Perhaps you need to brush up on your espanol. Panthor is a cool gal. She can laugh at you for your mistake!Tee hee.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2012 6:38:44 PM PDT
ace™ says:
yeah, i studied spanish a long time ago, so perhaps the slang has changed.

but i'm glad you clarified that you called me an ah☼le. just makes you look all that much better.

did you notice that your post to me on your "moment of silence" thread was deleted by the amazon mods?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2012 2:47:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 15, 2012 2:47:20 PM PDT
:) No, which one?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2012 7:45:49 PM PDT
Sophia says:
Jonathan:
I think it is because they make the communities self-regulating or complaint-driven, rather than pay some one to watch 24/7. So, if you complain, you'll be heard. If you don't, you won't. It is a more efficient way of moderation, really. It would be very difficult to observe all the time. Kind of big brotherish, anyway..don't you agree?
Aura
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