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Old 07-17-2012, 07:32 PM   #11
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Quite honestly i can see how new members to the forum can be a little overwhelmed by our suggestions. Most of the time they just wanted something low maintenance and pretty. So when we come in and say weekly PWC and stock changes, they don't understand why all of the work needs to be done. And when we say "it needs to be done for the health of the fish" they sometimes just laugh it off and think "its just a $3 fish, ill get another one" .
But it's up to the members of AA to restrain themselves because thats just what some people think. There are people like us who care about each $3 life and cherish it as more than that. But its our commitment to all of the people who come to AA looking for answers, to keep our cool.
Well said bubbles. You've got a wise point
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:14 PM   #12
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All good points. We do have a rule here regarding "ethical" fish keeping... However there is a fine line with using it as the sole enforcement on a post.

Rather than keep it heavy handed, phrases like "I understand your concerns, and here are some reasons why I think X" are far more effective than phrases like "your plan is doomed and it is going to kill all of your fish".

Not only will this up the decorum, tact, and friendliness of the site, but you will also find this type of communication far more effective in ultimately getting folks to see your side.

One thing that I have found particularly effective is to replace the word "but" with "and" when contrasting view points of someone else with your own. It in many cases instantly changes the tone of the communication (thanks Dale Carnegie).
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:46 PM   #13
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I also think is is important to remember that many people JUST DON'T KNOW when it comes to fish keeping. They have been given or read outdated advice, been given a bum steer and they BELIEVE they have been doing the right thing, and are here in a panic because all their fish are dying.

They're not stupid, they just don't know yet.

As stated, beating them over the head with WRONG WRONG WRONG STUPID NEWBIE (or words to that effect!) is no help whatsoever. Tact goes a long way especially when fish are dying.

They are here now. We can help now, can only work with NOW.
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I would like to thank you guys overall because I have been lurking and studying hard trying to improve my fish keeping skills, and I am finding this forum to be a fascinating blend of people of all levels of expertise. Not everyone wants to be a salt reef expert for example. Maybe someone doesn't even know what they want at all. As has been stated, just taking a step back and being aware of what tone you are possibly projecting helps to keep a friendly open atmosphere which fosters a successful environment for learning. Great job y'all!
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Old 08-04-2012, 11:56 PM   #15
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Recently, the site staff here at AA has been noticing an increase in posts that end up driving some of our members away from posting on the forum. Often, it is clear that the offending posts are meant as helpful advice, but because of the way they are worded, any helpful advice is overshadowed by negativity. We want AA to be a community where new and old members of all experience levels can feel welcome.

Disagreements are going to happen, and that’s just part of posting on a forum where members have diverse opinions on how to do things. It is perfectly acceptable to disagree with another member; however, it is important to take into consideration the “tone” of a post, and how it might be perceived by others. It can be difficult for others to infer tone from a post on a computer screen, so please bear this in mind as you are writing up your post. Sometimes a little explanation goes a long way toward avoiding conflict. For example:
“Your tank is totally overstocked and your fish are going to die”
Comes across quite harsh as opposed to something like
“I’d like to bring up some possible stocking and compatibility issues with your tank. Species X may be aggressive toward Species Y, and Species Z may eventually outgrow your tank… “ (go on to explain why you feel this way).

Here’s another one we see a lot. Someone joins the site and doesn’t know about cycling, and asks why their fish are dying. All too often, we see something like
“OMG it is horrible to cycle your tank with fish. Return your fish or you’re being cruel to them!”
The person gets attacked right off the bat, probably doesn’t want to come back to the site, and definitely does not feel welcome here. A much more diplomatic response would have been to offer an explanation of the cycling process, or point them to the articles section.

A final note: Sometimes we can’t help being frustrated by the choices that certain individuals might make- as a community of hobbyists who are passionate about aquaria, this is bound to happen. If you find yourself in that situation, it is best to just bow out of the thread. If you’re really aggravated, there is always the option for you to make use of your Ignore List via User CP. Our community rules are quite clear regarding acceptable posting standards. When in doubt, please review them HERE before hitting the Post Reply button.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post and review our Community Rules.
Also mods showing tact when doing mod type things too... yes?
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Absolutely. Moderation is generally done outside the public eye. We don't discuss mod actions in the public forum - but even in private members should be treated with tact and respect.
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I agree in the relatively short time I have been using this form I have seen a growth in that kind of posting. I have been trying never to start off with negative and try to focus of the positive and how to fix things. I also have notice a lot of the younger posters like myself tend to be the rude blunt posters.
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:08 AM   #18
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I agree tact is definitely needed and sometimes its hard to find the right balance especially when passionate about certain topics.

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A friendly reminder about tact

Let me start by praising AA for letting myself and others to learn and to give advice to those that need it.

I have been told and warned about tact and though I have a way of being direct, I always thought I was being respectful.

I've been around fish for decades and still learning, not being an "expert" on fishkeeping, I also like to be challenged and finding out that I've been doing things the wrong way is disappointing but helpful, also I am sure there are many like myself that have been around fish for many years and I see the frustration in them as I also get frustrated when I see bad advice is given.

There might be many ways of doing things but not too many ways of doing it right and what might sound harsh to someone, it could very well be a life saver for another.

I understand about tact and being nice and I praise the moderators for their patience and for keeping the peace in the forums. My point is that I feel it is irresponsible for someone with knowledge to not give the right advice just for the sake of being nice.
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No one is suggesting that experienced hobbyists ignore poor husbandry, just that you catch more flies with honey as the saying goes. Some people just aren't going to do the right thing for their fish, and in those instances it's best to give your advice politely and move on if they aren't going to listen. At some point you're just beating a dead horse.

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