OzBargain members are quick to jump on a good deal but are not easily fooled by those deals that aren't. Certain posts may call for negativity or scrutiny, however there is a proper way to express yourself and we wanted this to act as a general reminder.
We don't want to create an environment where certain members, old or new, are scared to contribute due to the prospect of ridicule or hostility. Comments don't need to be sugar-coated, but lets act respectfully, properly and keep this community great - we all make mistakes.
We want to continue to build and shape the culture here on OzBargain, so let us all THINK before commenting on all occasions (is your comment/reply True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and Kind).
As Neil stated last year in a similar post (R U OK OzBargainers?): Comments have consequences. People don't come here to be attacked and bullied. It's not us trying to censor you, it's us responding to complaints. While some may say 'suck it up' and that 'people should not be so sensitive', you should be aware that we don't truly know the people behind these accounts. Some are younger, some may come to here to escape a tough reality, be mentally unbalanced, or they possibly could have thick skin (we just don't know). Maybe in 2015 we all can treat each other respectfully, we are professionals after all. ;)
Sound off in the comments if you have any opinions or suggestions. Should you wish to discuss anything with moderators directly/privately please do so via TWAM.
Thanks for reading,
The OzBargain team.