I used to love joining in online forums for I find the exchange of ideas with my co-forumers an enlightening process in the quest for objective knowledge for it allows me to see all the relevant points of an issue.
However, it is inevitable that in the process of mental debate, some freak out when they encounter opposition to their personal stand. Healthy discussions become a source of conflict. There are many ways to avoid forum fights. Here is how:
How to avoid unfriendly forum arguments?
1. Ignore trolls. They are irrelevant. They are usually the ones who love to sow intrigue in the site and always posting insensitive words.
2. Cultivate goodwill and true friendship. Greet your co-forumer sincerely and make them feel at home. Do not post sarcastic words for it will ignite trading of insults. Not good.
3. Pro-react. Do not overreact to thesis that are obviously stupid. Rather provide another point to redirect the other members to see the enlightened side of an issue.
4. Report Abuse. Send a personal message to the forum administrator when you read a personal attack on your person. Do not delete the member-attacker's post to use as evidence for the administration's future disciplinary action against him.
Finally, here is one important reminder to those who want to ensure that their sites are really safe and decent for exchange of ideas. Choose forums that are decent which do not accept pornographic advertisements. Otherwise, if you have no option, better stop logging at all.