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Rapid response to:

Editor's Choice

Pills, thrills, and bellyaches

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 17 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:0-h

Rapid Response:

Re: Decline of BMJ...more

Peter Morrell discussed the apparent decline in rapid responses over
the past few years and I would like to add to his theories with the
reasons that I stopped responding (and am back… for now).

First and foremost was that after making even the most innocuous
posts I would receive a number of derogatory emails from people with
opposing views (at best rude, at worst hate-mail). Of course I don’t mind
debate, because that’s why we’re here after all, but I didn’t enjoy that
sinking feeling that would come when I opened up my email every morning.
Thus I’ve really welcomed the move to no longer post email addresses – if
you would like to respond to a comment I don’t see why you can’t do it on
the site.

The second reason for my personal decline in responding was that I
don’t have any desire to be in a slanging match, and I’m not terribly keen
on watching one either. Debate is good, interesting and enjoyable. But
personal insults, sarcasm and general rudeness is childish and uninviting.

I’m probably naïve, but I would have thought that a bunch of intelligent
adults could behave as such, without resorting to squabbling, petty
insults and in-fighting.

(I apologise in advance to all the people I’ve offended, but this is
something I’ve been feeling for a long time)

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 March 2005
Samantha Line
Research student in psychopharmacology
The University of Oxford, OX1 3BN