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Have you ever been fired up about a posting you read on Front Porch Forum?
Well, it's not uncommon for postings from neighbors to trigger strong feelings. When this happens, please take a deep breath and consider the points below before blasting away with a message of your own.
The effectiveness of each local FPF depends on keeping a civil, constructive and neighborly tone. It's one thing to tear into someone on Facebook or to be snarky on Twitter, but on FPF you are talking with your neighbors, people who make up the community you call home.
So, please consider these tips when using FPF:
FPF's mission is to help neighbors connect and build community by hosting networks of online local forums. In most locations, a majority of neighbors participate and post about a wide variety of topics. All of these friendly exchanges among neighbors add up to a stronger sense of community.
This increase in "social capital" among neighbors can then be drawn upon in times of need, like recovering from a flood or fire, or dealing with an especially hard school budget debate. Or it can even be tapped when learning about racial justice or addressing a pandemic.
On the other hand, fighting among neighbors on FPF erodes that store of social capital, which makes your community less resilient in times of hardship.
Bottom line, please continue to use FPF for every-day exchanges among neighbors. Also feel free to use it to introduce and catalyze harder conversations. But when doing so, please have a thick skin and treat your neighbors with respect. Thank you and be well.