heres the thing: i really, honestly think that if youre an adult and youre going to inform a child that their opinion on something is harmful on tumblr
there is literally no excuse for doing it in the form of a reblog. message them privately if you absolutely feel that it is necessary for you to engage them and that you can conduct yourself in an appropriate and gentle way
i dont think its appropriate to publicly correct a young teenager or pre-teen, especially one who you do not have any kind of a relationship with, especially in a way that shames them and exposes their mistakes to a wider adult audience
like this is honestly the minimum expectation and i thought expecting adults not to gang up on teenagers was setting the bar pretty low but you guys keep doing it over and over again
1. I don’t generally check out an original poster’s blog, even if I’m reblogging from my dash to add a factual correction, or point of contention, or comment that something in the original post (or in someone else’s comment from an earlier reblog) is potentially harmful. When disagreeing with an OP it may be good to double-check, in case they have already added a correction, but I generally don’t check blogs if I see something on my dash. So I tend not to know if an OP is older or younger than me.
2. Even if I do check someone’s blog (such as if I’ve found their post through the tracked tags system) not everyone has their age listed, and while they might mention it occasionally, that’s something their regular followers will know, or someone archive-binging on their posts. Leading to, again, most rebloggers having no clue how old an OP is.
3. Harassing anyone, regardless of age, is usually not a good things to do. Sometimes private messages are an appropriate communication tool, but they can be used just as easily as reblogs or original posts to overwhelm and harass a fellow blogger.
4. Sometimes a post comes around that is months or years old. I reblog with commentary because I want my readers to see my thoughts. Maybe the OP gets the “so-and-so reblogged your post and add…” notice, and checks out what I said, maybe they ignore it. Maybe they have already received a dozen private messages about the matter right after they posted, or when their post gained momentum, and for me to send them another one, no matter how gently worded, would simply be obnoxious.
5. I don’t really have anything else to add at the moment so here is a catterfly:
I often just make a separate post if I have something to say, unless I want the person I directly reblogged it from, or the OP to see it. That way if my followers care what I have to say they can read it, and I don’t have to worry about it gunking up someone’s original post. ….like this.
There have definitely been a few times where I’ve almost reblogged a really mean smackdown, and then decided to check the OP’s blog first and been like “…nah, this is no good.” I think checking the source is something people should try to do more often if they can.