The Infinite Flight Community is growing. Which is mainly a good thing. Great even. The more the merrier, right? I’d like to remind the community of the fact that we are all human though. We’ve already seen many discussions and arguments, showing just that. It’s just human nature.
This specific topic is about something else though. With every huge group of people there are bound to be people that aren’t as lucky as others. People which are in trouble even. That also applies here. Sometimes you see someone being rude or picking fights and you just know that something else is going on.
Don’t misunderstand me; that doesn’t make it right. Absolutely not.
It does mean that there should be people trying to interact with those displaying that kind of behavior. People who will PM that person and just say: “Hey! You seem really angry. I’ve got a feeling it has nothing to do with the topic you’re arguing about. What’s really going on? Will you tell me?”.
I came across this today. I can’t and won’t go into details but while I was doing just that, the account in question was suspended and our communication was cut off. Luckily we found each other online and could continue our communication for a while. Sometimes people just need to vent. Because they don’t have anyone they can talk to. Can you imagine having no-one? Sometimes other things are going on as well. Things they could really need help with.
If the polls are right, most members are under 19 years old. My age is about two to three times that of the average person here. I do have experience in coaching and counseling. I picked up on the issue today and tried to be of assistance. In an ideal world everyone has someone to talk to. Unfortunately the world is far from ideal.
Although this community is all about Infinite Flight, let’s not forget that the community exists of people. Persons. Human beings. A whole lot of them. Each and every pilot or controller is a person. Some community members are impolite. Some are actually trolls and deserve to be banned or suspended. But some are in real trouble and could use the help and support of that same community. They are people who deserve the benefit of the doubt. They deserve our help.
We call ourselves a community, so let’s act like one as well. We all deserve that, right?
I’m not saying we can help everyone in every situation, but we can listen and try to get that person the help that is needed. To me this subject really hits home and I believe that it becomes more important in a fast growing community. Do you also experience this?
What would be the best way to offer support to those in need of it and to take care of one of our own so we can keep flying happy and peacefully?
Please don’t change this topic’s category to Meta.
This is a community wide topic that does not fit Philippe’s description of Meta:
"The Meta category is here to discuss the workings of the forum itself. This is the place to ask questions if:
You wonder how a feature works.
You wonder if a feature is available.
You wish to request a feature.
You’re having a problem with a feature of the forum."