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    Hello everyone~ I've noticed a lot of people on dA don't really know how to handle a situation where two people are disagreeing. Whether it's over a petty problem, stolen art, potentially ripped-off designs, or whatever else you can think of that would cause tension between two or more people.
    I thought I'd give you some advice on how to handle these things. You may not always win, but you'll come out looking sane/smart/less-of-a-bitch if you follow these rules. So here we go.

1. Do not call the other person names or use any demeaning adjectives towards them. This includes (but is not limited to) calling them a bitch, and asshole, stupid, an idiot, a dumbass, a douchebag, ect, ect, ect.

2. Do not bring past issues into the argument. You need to discuss what is going on right at that moment, not what's happened before.

3. Keep calm, or at least the appearance of being calm. Yelling, screaming, cursing, caps, and other things that express anger just get you no where in solving the issue. Not to mention these things normally make you look ridiculously stupid.

4. Don't bring your friends or theirs into the issue. Sure, you can ask your friends for advice as I'm sure they are, but if you have to send them to talk for you then you look like a wuss. Fight your own battles.

5. Your first instinct does not need to be to cut them off or ignore them. The first solution attempt should be talking the problem out. If you're reading this, you should be able to handle mature conversation.

6. If the other party doesn't respond to you, try again in a day. If they're mad, maybe they need time to cool down? After that point though, you might as well just give up or wait until they can grow some balls/put on their big girl panties and talk about it.

7. If you find yourself putting a lot of effort into working things out, but they're just shutting you out completely and not really working it out, give up. This shows a major flaw in their character and you should just move on.

8. Don't make the dilemma public. Third-parties tend to be biased without fact and do not think before they speak and this can lead to a lot of hurt. Especially if you haven't given the other person a chance to speak.

9. And speaking of fact, before you start causing shit, make sure you know both sides of the story. It's wrong to make someone look/feel bad when they've done nothing wrong. Don't just jump to conclusions.

10. Try not to burn bridges. I understand that in some situations you really have no choice but to do so, but if this is a little thing don't do it. I'm not saying you should talk to them, but don't just tell them to go fall off a bridge and never look your way again. Creating enemies is never a good idea; I don't care who you are.

11. Don't talk down to them. Even if you are smarter, you should try to put yourself on their level. Maybe they'll understand the issue better. Please, don't make your goal be to make them feel stupid.

12. Don't make passive-aggressive posts about them. It's rude. Doesn't help the problem. And makes you look like a wimp. Confront them if it's that big of an issue.

13. Always be honest, and remember: Forgiveness is the best policy.
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teekyo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
A++++ 
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cakeuu Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
tytyty
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2perfect Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hate when I'm arguing with someone, and they add emoticons to something. e0e
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cakeuu Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL me too. Especially if it's a smile. c:
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2perfect Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Or a heart. e3e
I was arguing earlier and someone goes, "I'm not trying to be mean <3" 
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orangecheer Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This should be like a public announcement.
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cakeuu Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
uvu I'm just hoping people pass it around if nothing else.
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MultiMirror Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Advice another good tip is to not care what other people call you, they know nothing on the matter.
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xxxAshexxx Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think people just like to cause drama, not everyone but i've seen things get out of hand where the main issue was just lost and it was just to keep the fire burning so to say
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cakeuu Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, I know what you mean. :I
Sadly, there will always be stupid people like that.
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