How should we address a member in the forum?Recently, while responding in some threads, I had to address some very senior members by name, keeping the norms of the forum in mind. However, it kept me thinking and prompted me to raise this thread.
We discuss various issues in this virtual platform as like we do with our friends, relatives and family members at home. Should we not show proper respect to the members as we do to others in the real world?
Almost all the members taking part in the forum discussion are matured. They are somewhat known to us (though not personally) as well. Then is it right for us to address every member by name only or by #…(like Roll No.,15 etc. as the teacher used to call in the class.)? what's the harm if we show due respect according to their age or seniority while addressing them? Does it fall below our dignity?
However, the senior members are at liberty to call a junior member by name. By senior I mean, senior in age or in the site. Of course, it is quite possible that a member can be junior to someone but senior in level or duration in the site. In that case, it should be left on to that particular member to decide how he/she would address another member much older in age but junior in level . I sincerely believe that the ethics of no member would ever allow him/her to deprive any other member of the due respect he/she deserves.
The thread is long and may be boring but I have spoken out of my heart and sincerely request the other members to come out with their frank opinions.