1. As someone who has proudly defended my friends and colleagues on this website, I have to offer some friendly advice to people who wish to do the same: sometimes it's not a good idea. And if you feel under attack, sometimes it's best to not have friends/colleagues defend you
2. This advice isn't about people who have done bad things and don't deserve defending. It's about people who are being attacked perhaps unfairly but my point is you can actually make things worse for the person you're defending. You can bring more attention on them for no reason
3. And so often I have seen how someone defends a friend/colleague get conflated with the person they're defending so much that people wrongly thing that person has used the same arguments to defend themselves.
4. It's no secret that I've been criticized and attacked plenty of times on Twitter and while it feels good in the moment to be defended, sometimes it can be just like a sugar high...when it comes crashing down its much worse.
5. People argue with me about this because it feels good to defend someone and it feels good to be defended but you can either go for the quick high or think practically...ask yourself: are you actually making it worse for the person you care about?
6. When I urge friends to think twice before allowing people to defend them or to defend themselves they will often say "I can't let this stand!" -- sometimes you can...you truly don't have to respond. You really, really don't.

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