(Closed) How honest are we supposed to be?

posted 8 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 3
5498 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

As long as you aren’t deliberatly being rude, you should be honest. If I don’t agree, I put it in a nice way.

Post # 4
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think it is fair to disagree as long as you do it constructively and not maliciously.

Honestly, if I have nothing constructive to say (it happens quite often) I just hit that lovely back button! LOL

Post # 5
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

I know what you mean – sometimes it’s kind of a fine line between what’s okay to say and what may come across as too mean. I’d just say that you should always try to keep a positive tone, even if what you’re saying is negative, especially because with just text it’s harder to get the meaning sometimes and things can come across as much harsher than you mean for them to be. I don’t think anyone in the hive should feel like they have to hold back on saying what they think, but I’d just say be careful that you aren’t harsh or mean about it. And to be honest, some people will always get riled up no matter how nice or tactful you are – and that’s something that everyone around here has dealt with before, I’m sure, and it’s something you can’t really avoid! 

Post # 6
7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Galactic- I think that’s a good question, and I’ll be interested to see how other people handle things.

I always try to give my honest thoughts without being over the top about it.  I kind of believe that people already know in their hearts what the right thing to do is, so I’m a big believer in not bashing them over the head with a strong opinion.  Also I always try to remember that my advice is only a drop in the wealth of advice they’ll be getting from the hive.  If 20 people say the same thing, I think it carries more weight without being too strong.

I try to acknowledge their feelings and that there are many different ways to approach things while providing my thoughts.  Most of all I try to put myself in their shoes and experience a little bit of what they are feeling before I respond!

Post # 7
52 posts
Worker bee

I think its important to support eachother, but ive noticed alot of ppl on here go overboard and support EVERYTHING! I dont think its good to overly support someone when you dont agree with them. I would like ppl to be honest with me and not just pretend to agree. Thats applies to everything including aesthetics. If I pick an ugly hair style or dress I sure hope someone will tell me!

Post # 8
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I would say be honest but don’t attach someone and use rude wording.

Post # 9
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

You know, I have come across a lot of posts that I really didn’t agree with and felt like the person needed a reality check. I am extremely blunt and very honest. I generally do not suffer fools lightly and I will tell you if I think you’re being stupid. BUT, there is a difference between criticism and constructive criticism.

I usually only reply to a situation I disagree with if I have experienced something similar myself and can offer empathy and what I did in my situation. Or, if I feel like what I have to say is constructive. I’m talking emotional/personal situations here.

If someone wants to know opinions about their dress, hair, etc. I will tell them. But I will say it simply and not go overboard. (ie. “OMG! THATS HORRENDOUS! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!!?!?”)

Post # 10
3539 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

There is definitely a fine line, if I cant offer a constructive critiscism or something helpful, I dont contribute… There is enough negativity in this world already without me contributing to it. Also i have a look at comments especially in emotional, I feel as if someone has already outlined a point that I would make, I dont comment. Because I feel as tho, its already been said without adding my 2cents. If it hasnt been made, I would enter the comment tactfully but being honest without being brutal.


Post # 12
3098 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I’m pretty honest, but in a non-aggressive way. If I don’t agree with something, I’ll say so, but say why I don’t agree, without attacking the other persons belief.

Post # 13
1347 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

This is a great discussion question (sorry, just started school again and feeling very academic).  I agree with many of the points already posted above, and wanted to add that it is sometimes more helpful to give a person constructive feedback than to agree with their point of view.  In other words, supporting someone doesn’t necessarily have to mean agreeing with her/him all the time. 

Post # 15
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

This is a great question, bc I’ve asked myself this same thing.  When I’m asked for an opinion about something that I find to be kind of ugly, bad idea, etc, I usually just move on and don’t post anything.  However, I’ve found that many of the responses are quite balanced with a mix of support and constructive criticism. 

When we post asking for opinions, we should expect some potential criticism (hopefully constructive).  But there’s also the possibility that some bees might post just to get confirmation/agreement on their ideas…just throwing that out there… 

Post # 16
1732 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

There’s a difference between being honest and being rude.  Tone is hard to infer online, but just agreeing with everything everyone says doesn’t do them any favors either.  It’s all how you phrase it.

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