If someone posts something on your blog and you call them an idiot, it might be rude, but it isn’t bullying.
That person will wake up to a comment or two in reply to something they said.
Other people wake up EVERY DAY to dozens of comments attacking them personally, not in reply to comments they’ve made on other people’s sites, but to things they said on their own blogs or places like that. Not to comments cunningly refuting their arguments but to ones calling them cunts and concerning their appearance, gender, sexual orientation.
Some people have been trying to tell me lately that calling someone an idiot on my own blog is exactly the same as many people systematically attacking others on their own blogs and in public for manufactured reasons that have nothing to do with what these people actually said.
Here’s my advice on not bullying. Address the argument, not the person. I don’t think it is any more complicated than that.