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Politeness in Guestbook entries (Rant)

After looking at my guestbook and counting far too many entries telling me how stupid, misinformed, ugly, worthless, etc. I am, or my interests are, I find myself wondering why some people think signing a guestbook gives them a license to rip the site's creator a new one, sometimes in the foulest language possible? And why is it that those same entries are often riddled with so many spelling and grammatical errors it would be funny if they weren't tearing something I've put a great deal of time and effort into to shreds?

If people don't like what I say on my site, /no one/ is forcing them to look at it. No one is holding a gun to their head (as far as I know). It makes me wonder, if they're going to sign my guestbook and tell me how stupid my site is, /why/ are they coming to it in the first place? If they come to my site thinking it was something it isn't, I'm sorry, but that's not a reason to leave an entry in my guestbook that, when I read it, makes me recoil in shock at the virulent nastiness they seem intent on spewing.

Here is a plea from a beleaguered webmistress to whoever reads this entry -- the next time you sign someone's guestbook, please remember that the site's creator has most likely put a great deal of time and effort into making the site what it is, and that deserves a little politeness. If you don't like the site, fine. But there's no need to use foul language or insult the creator or the site. After all, how would -you- feel if you were in their position?

OK, rant mode over. Sorry if I've put a damper on anyone's day, but I had to get that off my chest.

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