Fighting Negative Energy With Positive Energy

Date published: Monday 4th of April 2016

Occasionally I post something on the Insider Club discussion forum which makes me feel good. Today was one of those days. So, here it is - straight from the forum and now onto The Inside Scoop. Enjoy:

I was on the Yii forum over the weekend and I needed some help with a problem. It doesn't really matter what the problem was.

Anyway, I felt kind of embarrassed asking for help - particularly knowing that my question was probably stupid. So, in an attempt to be respectful, I offered cash to anyone who could help me.

Sure enough, my plan failed. It wasn't long before somebody appeared, basically telling me to "go read the manual" (not his exact words, but that was the essence of his message). We've all seen it before, right? We've all seen experienced people attacking newbies on forums. What we're talking about folks, is basically a form of bullying and I've seen it on EVERY WEB DEVELOPMENT FORUM THAT I'VE EVER BEEN TO.

Anyway, I looked at this guy's profile. It said:

if I can find solution for your problem in 10 seconds using Google there is something wrong with you.

I'm lazy so:
1) If I can help you in few minutes, I'll go for it. In any other case - sorry!
2) I will not write your code for you.

Now, I want to tell you something that you already know:

Web development forums are FULL of people like that. I'm talking about people who are angry. People who are negatively charged. People who are basically playground bullies. I think they actually get some kind of thrill from lowering the self-esteem of less experienced people.

How do you deal with somebody like that? Well, I think the best answer is to avoid those forums - and that's what I've been doing over the years. However, today in a moment of inspiration I decided to respond to the negative shit by updating my own profile, over at that Yii forum.

Nobody will read it, but it doesn't matter. I'm proud of my little profile. Here's what it says:

Hello, it's David Connelly here!

Here's what you need to know about me:

You see all those profiles from angry people who hate being asked questions from newbies? Well, I'M THE OPPOSITE!

I love helping people. I especially love helping newbies. If you ask a question about something that has already been covered here or elsewhere, then - as far as I'm concerned - IT'S OKAY. I understand that user guides and tutorials don't always get it right first time, and sometimes it's nice to hear the same answer coming from a different person. That's how language works. That's how learning works.

So, in conclusion, I'm a force for good. I love people. I love helping. When I help people, I feel as if I'm helping myself. I'm sorry that I'm not an expert Yii developer (yet!) but my intentions are good. Put me down on file as being a force for good. As a matter of fact, I want to be the first person from this forum to say I LOVE YOU.

So, dig the vibe and if I can make your journey through this universe any better, then I'll be glad to help you.

Now, I want you to compare the most experienced forum user's 'about me' page with mine. Then, I want you to ask yourself the following questions:

* Which person has better vibrational levels?

* Which person seems happier?

* Which person would you rather be around?

* Which person has a greater chance of being successful?

It's funny but that little trip to the Yii forum reminded me why I set this forum up in the first place. Sure, this forum is not as popular as the Yii forum. We're new and we have a long way to go. However, at least in here we treat newbies with respect. Long may that continue and may we always behave in a manner which is positive, respectful and encouraging towards everyone - particularly newbies.

DC has spoken! (Wow, that was a great ending. I think I'll make that my signature)

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