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form spring?!? - June 6th 2010, 07:12 PM

hey guys so theres alot of stuff about how form spring is a bullying magnet and a suicide magnet can anyone tell me or help me by helping me find out what it would take too get the site shut down and how too go about it? i think if enough people get in on this we can do it (i will also be posting this on other site's please help me


ok guys so i have read all of your replies and on thought i agree with what you have said
i like the idea of getting it so every one has to have an account there for there can be a crack down on the cyber bullying
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Re: form spring?!? - June 6th 2010, 07:24 PM

I'd support you in shutting the site down! I used to get hate mail all the time on it... i eventually realised it wasnt worth listening to anymore and i deleted my account. My life has been a million times easier without it and my self esteem has risen dramatically.. i dont know how you'd go about shutting a site like that down. maybe start an online protest or something?




   
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Re: against formspring - June 6th 2010, 07:30 PM

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Re: form spring?!? - June 6th 2010, 07:33 PM

Formspring itself isn't bad, Just like facebook and myspace and even this website. Its not bad, its just open to abuse. You can't blame the website for things the users are saying. It is only bad if users make it bad.



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Re: against formspring - June 6th 2010, 07:33 PM

I appreciate your caring towards society and teens who are being bullied over formspring. However, thousands, have formsprings and your over powered. Also, teens know the risk of websites they have joined. If someone was getting bullied that much over a wallpost, they can grow up and delete there account. It is their own desicion, and i dont find it fair that you want to delete it for everyone who is using it.


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Re: form spring?!? - June 6th 2010, 07:35 PM

yes but they should have some kind of controll in order or somthing in place too report or put a stop too it via blocking ip addressed or somthing and i think its appauling they have nothing


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Re: form spring?!? - June 6th 2010, 07:39 PM

Shit happens in life. You can't live in a bubble forever. I don't think its that bad. If people are going to bully people, they will.



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Re: against formspring - June 6th 2010, 07:45 PM

There was an app for myspace and facebook the same as this. They move on. If you close down formspring another will pop up. You're powerless.
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Re: against formspring - June 6th 2010, 07:47 PM

like i said, the teens who have an account on formspring can delete there own account if they feel invaded. its not the websites responsibilty to prevent everything that happenes.


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Re: against formspring - June 6th 2010, 07:57 PM

Your powers are weak here..Formspring is used by millions and one person against a million or so users is pretty weak.

Ill join your crusade to get it shut down, but dont expect a result.
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Re: against formspring - June 6th 2010, 10:27 PM

Shutting the site down? [Removed.]
It's what the users make of it! Sure, you can email the site and ask them to remove anonymous posting. But it's like Facebook. It's what users make of it.

I don't recommend they take the site down. I do however support you emailing the administrators and asking them to make it a requirement to have an account to ask people questions.

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Re: against formspring - June 7th 2010, 07:45 AM

I don't think you could get it taken down. At the end of the day, it's up to the individual to decide to have formspring or not. It's not like they are being forced into having one.


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Re: against formspring - June 7th 2010, 10:47 AM

Hey, I appreciate what you're saying here and your concern for other teens and mambers of society. However, as many others have said, I really don't think you have a leg to stand on here. Formspring is popular with so many people that I think you'd struggle to get enough signatures against it. I personally think it's a great procrastination tool (not sure if that's a good of a bad thing ) and I, along with a number of my friends use it. Yes, I've had a little bit of a abuse on it, but at the end of the day, if people can't say it to my face, it's not really worth listening to.
To be honest, it's people's choice whether to sign up or not and you can delete your account if it all gets too much. The site, in itself, is not bad, it's just what the people using it make of it, and formspring don't have any control over what people are posting.
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Re: against formspring - June 8th 2010, 07:13 AM

Hrmmm i don't know where your other thread went so i'll just post here.
Vlora, has a very good point, you close it down and another will appear.
Its better to spread awareness about it and warn people of its dangers.
I think the main goal should be to spread enough awareness of its dangers that no one will go onto site, (well that is if they know they can't take bad comments)

Some silly people said that people are free to leave formspring if they want to, however if that was the case then people would have quit... NOT commit suicide!!

I think its addictive to keep checking back on formspring just to see if someones posted more bad comments. And people keep looking and looking and become even more sad.
If i were you i'd do some research on it, maybe talk to a few people who have gone on formspring. know your enemy! Then using psychology you can successfully warn people.

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Re: against formspring - June 8th 2010, 12:29 PM

I've been on formspring and had some rather mean stuff said, sure it upset me for a tiny bit, but at the end of the days it's from a idiot who can't even say it to my face and I knew it was most likely going to happen, so is it worth bothering about? No, it's not. In the end I just decided to not bother with it or if I did, to take it all as a joke. People sign up for it, so they should know what to expect. It's really not that hard to just click the red cross in the corner.


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Re: form spring?!? - June 8th 2010, 04:15 PM

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hey guys so theres alot of stuff about how form spring is a bullying magnet and a suicide magnet can anyone tell me or help me by helping me find out what it would take too get the site shut down and how too go about it? i think if enough people get in on this we can do it (i will also be posting this on other site's please help me


ok guys so i have read all of your replies and on thought i agree with what you have said
i like the idea of getting it so every one has to have an account there for there can be a crack down on the cyber bullying
what do you think of that?
Have nothing to do with it and encourage your friends also to have nothing to do with it. Bad people will make it bad, so just don't even be associated with it.


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Re: against formspring - June 10th 2010, 03:25 AM

There's no reason to shut down formspring. If I go on there for some advice and receive only hurtful comments, then I should know not to go back there because I will likely get the same or similar comments. It's like accidentally burning your finger on a stove top, after you do it once you know it hurts so you shouldn't do it again because you know the result will be the same or worse. Despite this, people who dislike formspring and are emotionally hurt by the comments continue to go and continue to complain about the website.

If anything, two things should happen. First, put up a warning about the contents possibly offending you if one is not in play. Have it also show how to delete your account and report abuse to moderators or site admins. Second, those who are hurt by it should deal with their hurt in a productive way, not by revisiting the very same thing that hurts as that implies there may be a mental illness. Shutting it down is an excuse for those who are hurt by it to not have any blame on themselves for revisiting it. Besides, new ones will appear and nobody in their right mind is serious enough to constantly have them all taken down. It puts those who are hurt on a higher level and ruins the experience for the millions of others who like to use it.

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Re: against formspring - June 11th 2010, 04:31 PM

Just personal view: teens who have a formspring need to think about whether it's worth it to them. If they think it won't bother them, then they should keep it. Having it is a responsibility. Another option is to not tell anyone other than friends about your formspring.
   
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Re: against formspring - June 14th 2010, 02:10 AM

Personally I think Formspring is cute in a way, I've been receiving and giving anonymous compliments and it feels good. However I do think teenagers take it a bit too seriously. Anyone who is being bullied through Formspring should disregard harsh comments. A truly good person would never send anonymous hatred, so why worry about what they have to say? If anyone reading this is feeling down due to Formspring, let me know and I'll gladly pick you right back up. [:
   
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Re: against formspring - June 14th 2010, 10:01 AM

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This.

It's better that we have a place on the internet that we know assholes go to then for another one to pop up and us know nothing about until it's to late, or even worse, have the trolls spread out. If the place gets shut down people WILL go look for another place to mess with people.
   
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Re: against formspring - June 14th 2010, 05:15 PM

If you are getting bullied on Formspring, you can switch your settings to where anonymous questions are not allowed.
I think that would solve most people's bullying issues on that site.

If you are still being bothered by it, delete it.

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Re: against formspring - June 24th 2010, 05:34 AM

I love the idea of joining a site just to shut it down, I am very anti- bullying and I will do whatever it takes
   
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Re: against formspring - June 25th 2010, 06:33 AM

I tink that a good idea

But to get the site shut down, i suggest you start a petition for it, get alot of people to sign it (in the 1,000's) and then send it to your local representatives so they can take the action.


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Re: against formspring - June 25th 2010, 06:23 PM

I understand what youre saying, one girl i know was getting abuse from a girl on her formspring and she was reallly upset about it and everyone could see. I kinda get what you mean..


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Re: against formspring - June 25th 2010, 07:04 PM

If people know that there are going to be people who have something agaisnt them, why bother making a formspring in the first place?


even better yet, why take it to heart? If someones cowardly enough they need to use an anonymous way of talking, they dont deserve to have any mind paid to them.
   
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Re: against formspring - June 26th 2010, 04:36 PM

there is already an option so that you don't accept anonymous 'questions'. and for the most part that will prevent people leaving you abuse.. because bullies are almost always complete cowards. of course, they could make an 'anonymous' account just to send someone abusive messages though.

i think the website is a fun idea, and it was fun at first.. before people started to use it as a way of having a go at people. i don't think it should be shut down though. if you don't like what people have to say, disable your account.. or don't make an account. no one is being forced to use formspring so if you don't like it, don't use the site. simple as that really.

cyber bullying happens all over the internet. people get bullied on facebook, do you think facebook should be shut down too?.. what about myspace, tumblr.. etc.?.


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Re: against formspring - June 26th 2010, 05:56 PM

I dont think u can compare formspring to facebook && myspace.. on facebook& myspace u meet ppl.. Well i'm a frequent user of fb && fb iis ntn like formspring && i wud help get it shout down if its possible. Formspring ppl ask u questions about ur life especially anonymous, say mean stuff to u && diss u. First of all I wouldn't join it because i don't like the whole world in my business and worse if someone anonymous is asking. If someone cant ask me infront my face why go anonymous and ask that just means your not suppose to kno


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Re: against formspring - June 26th 2010, 11:55 PM

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I dont think u can compare formspring to facebook && myspace.. on facebook& myspace u meet ppl.. Well i'm a frequent user of fb && fb iis ntn like formspring && i wud help get it shout down if its possible. Formspring ppl ask u questions about ur life especially anonymous, say mean stuff to u && diss u. First of all I wouldn't join it because i don't like the whole world in my business and worse if someone anonymous is asking. If someone cant ask me infront my face why go anonymous and ask that just means your not suppose to kno
then why do you care? you don't like the idea so you don't have an account.. great.

when people join formspring they know what the deal is with the website. if they don't want 'the whole world in their business' then they shouldn't join it. i really don't see why that's so difficult.

it's ridiculous to suggest that it should be shut down. there are people who are going to be horrible all over the internet and in real life. you can't shut down every website where someone has been horrible to someone else or there would be no websites left.


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Re: form spring?!? - June 28th 2010, 02:50 PM

I would totally support shutting down formspring. ive been bullied by several people, including ppl i didnt know! I'd love to help get it taken down everyone i know has been bullied and tortured on there and its not right. because a lot of the stuff from formspring is brought into daily life, school and stuff like that it doesnt end when u delete ur account.


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Re: against formspring - June 30th 2010, 11:07 AM

ok guys well i was never really going too get it shut down but it was really intresting seeing responses and thank you all for taking part i think you all have very valid points
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