and a happy new year to you all!
I have been struggling with trying to make consistent profits from trading since starting in September 2012, and I have posted about this plenty of times on BabyPips; however I have also been very active on BabyPips and more recently I received a t-shirt (the one that features on my profile photo) from the BabyPips team by post as a thank you for being such an active member.
I have met two other BabyPips in the city where I live, this was now last year (2018), and realised then how much distortion there can be in only interacting with people online: when you meet someone and look them in the eye, sit down with them for a chat, show each other your trading charts, etc. it all becomes so much more straightforward, so it really does have a different dimension.
What is more, and here I come to the point of my thread, it makes it impossible to just throw abuse and insults at someone who disagrees with you, because suddenly they have a face, they are sitting there looking at you, and there is nowhere to hide after throwing those insults.
I am writing this because a former member on BabyPips has been posting a lot of insults about me on Twitter, unbeknown to me: there was no alert, or notification, and had I not found out by chance about it yesterday then I would never have known.
I wrote to the person in question and asked him why he turned on me like this, without cause or reason, and I hope that he will write back, realising that his insults have no basis.
Unfortunately, wearing the BabyPips t-shirt in the profile makes me somehow a sort of employee for the site, a member of the staff, of the ‘institution’: this false idea entitles some people to throw abuse at me, because they think that if a ‘failed trader’ represents BabyPips in some way then the whole website must be a scam. This makes these people feel entitled to throw insults and use vile language as they want to somehow put me down and cast me as a villain.
This incident makes me ever more determined to be nice and respectful to users on this site, because no matter how removed someone may be from you, and how safe you may feel when typing insults behind a screen, those users are real people, just like those whom I met in my city, and they should be afforded basic civility even when disagreeing with them.
So I wish everyone here a happy new year with the hope that we can all get along, and that in these troubled times we may stand above the most objectionable bullying and language that we sometimes see in public media from institutional figures, or on forums.
Peace, respect, and prosperity to you all.