If you have a business or organisation that has received criticism from users of this website, this page has some tips on how to deal with it effectively.
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This should always be your first step in alerting us to problems.
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If your organisation has received bad feedback the instinct to supress it is normally the wrong one. In a connected world it's also pretty much impossible; a disgruntled member of the public now has huge power to sound off.
The best approach is to engage the community and explain why things went wrong, how you've fixed it and offer some incentive for people to give you another try.
When handled well, criticism can be a great time to boost your image and win new customers.
For a masterclass in turning disastrous critique around, look up "Dell Hell" on Google.
Regardless of the situation, it is NEVER a good idea to become embroiled in a public spat. Being rude, appearing inflexible or generally uncaring will only magnify the problem.
Instead concentrate on being approachable and open to discussion at all times.
Remain polite, concentrate on solutions and keep your tone conciliatory.
We believe very strongly in providing an open, democratic forum for all. Should we find no cause to remove a post you disagree with, please avoid the temptation to put pressure on the editor.
Aside from our normal procedures for reporting an offensive post, we reserve the right to publicly air ANY other attempts (via legal representation or otherwise) to suppress an open and democratic discourse on this website.
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