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Hi All. Rob Cairns here. I am the CEO/Chief Creator of Amazing Ideas at . Today I want to talk about a disturbing mess I witnessed on Facebook over the last few days. I actually was disgusted.

This past week several people who are considered leaders in the WordPress community did something that was disrespectful and even turned into online bullying. There is no good time for online bullying ever.

I am going to summarize what happened. I will not mention names, what was said or the Facebook groups that involved. What I will talk about is what happened and how it should have played out.

Person A took exception to Person B in a Facebook group. Then he was so pissed off at Person B and then he took the fight to his own group. Then the pile-on of people on Person B started.

Folks this is online bullying at it is wrong. This is how leaders in the WordPress community should not act. This is not the way the community needs to be supported. We should be supporting each other and leaders in the community should help facilitate the support of each other.

Frankly, I was not surprised at this mess. The group that person A has run has a culture in it that at times is bad and frankly lends itself to this type of behaviour. People follow leaders regardless if they are good or bad.

I had been commenting on several people for weeks that the group of person A was destructive. For me what happened was the last straw in these ongoing issues. I have left that group and unfriended several people who were involved in this mess. These are the kind of people who I do not want to be associated with.

If they act this way with friends and colleagues, I hate to see the way they treat their clients. I wonder why their businesses struggle at times. 

Remember what gets said in a private Facebook group can be taken out of the group by screenshots and more.

Now, I personally do not think what was said was the issue. I think someone that was not happy with person B used this as an excuse to jump on them. Is this not what bullies do? This is so wrong.

How this should have been dealt with. Person A should have sent Person B a message and they should have had a one on one discussion about what was said and the real issue. If it had not been resolved then accept that and move on. This is how true leaders should operate.

We have enough issues in the WordPress community right now. Automatic introduced Gutenberg which I am strongly against still a year later bought Tumblr, made changes to WPTavern and even had SalesForce invest in them.

This has upset a lot of people and caused all kinds of people in the community to say things and get ticked off. It is caused by fighting and lots of it in the WordPress community.

What we need to do is stop all this fighting. We need to build the community and stop all the stupid fighting. People will always disagree. This is human nature. 

What we need to do is have amazing discussions to solve problems and help people instead of criticizing and hurting people. Leaders need to help make these discussions happen.

Let us take the time to be part of the solution not part of the problem. I would rather help the online community instead of hindering it. Why don’t you join me in making a difference? The right difference.

Let us also stamp out online bullying. Their is no place for it in society. Let us work to make the online world a better place.

Just as important things before you speak and react. Is this the way you want someone to treat you? Would you be happy if you were on the receiving end? Would you be happy? Think long and hard before you get involved in things that you should not be in.

If you want to continue this tough conversation email me, hit me up on social media or leave a comment in the Podcast post on my blog.

Thanks for joining me and have an amazing day.

I love you all.

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