Has anyone noticed how unfriendly this forum has become? I say this from looking back over some posts of people who are having trouble with their PhDs or thinking of quitting or maybe asking what appears to be a silly question.
It just seems to be the case that when people make a post asking for advice there are always a few users on this site ready be judge. They tend not to be very supportive or offer any kind of constructive advice. It strikes me that there are a number of users of this site who need to grow up, lighten up and realise that just because their PhDs is going well, other people can go throguh a very sh**ty time with their PhDs and they just need to be a little bit more understanding.
Yes I have noticed! I feel like I have been attacked on several occasions when I tried to make positive comments...
These days I mostly just have a quick look through threads, as the majority seem to be a big ol' source of doom and gloom - not something I need more of on a daily basis!!!
I've noticed it too. I think it's all to easy to forget that whilst you might not understand a person's worries or concerns, you can't dismiss them, because they might not understand yours. We are all affected by different areas of our academic careers and anyone seeking advice or querying something has every right to do so.
Without being overly catty myself...I think the 'hardcore' of posters are very thoughtless and quite sad. We all remember the time when we didn't have a clue where to start. I cringe when I think of the questions I asked people in the beginning!
The more insecure members of these boards need to stop taking joy in tearing other people down, I say, and show they've got better things to do.
Perhaps all the hardcore members can quit the forum and leave it so its just a wasteland of "PLEAZE GET ME PHD AND FUNDIN" and "Ooh, poor you, I feel your pain, lets group hug".
The hardcore members are what keep this board real. If they left it would resemble genuine PhD-dom in the way Star Wars resembles the life of real astronauts.
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