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Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

I did something today I thought I'd never do

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I flounced out of a forum.

And boy, did it hurt. I hope I'm one of those people who take the high road. I appreciate a good debate. I can agree to disagree. Yet, I draw the line at personal attacks.

This was a wonderful community. I made several dear friends. Yet, one bully ruined it for me. I suspect I could have agreed wholeheartedly with something he said and he still would have found a reason to berate me for having an opinion.

I'm sad about this, because it used to be a great place to hang out. There are still people over there that I want to keep in toch with. I sent a note to the moderator explaining my actions.

I suppose the bully won. He got what he wanted.

That's wrong.

Sure, I could have stuck around. In fact, I did. I tried. I really did. I left for a while to cool. off. I lurked. Yet, when I offered a considered opinion I was attacked. There comes a point when I just have to stop banging my head against the wall.

I'll probably shed a tear or two over it. Seriously. I love most of the people there.

I've been hanging around a bit at a new discussion group started by someone who got fed up long before I did. Perhaps I'll spend more time there. Not all of the members from the original group joined, so I split my time between both of them. I'll probably continue to lurk on the old group once in a while because I do get some news over there, but I'm going to do my best to restrain myself from posting.

I hate to do that. I probably look like a real jerk for flouncing out like I did, but it's all I can stands, I can stands no more.


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7/13/2008 5:29:00 PM
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