When I first started posting anything beyond direct questions about my Mac, I almost immediately had a run-in with Sam. One comment I made had him all over me with insults and put-downs. Glad I stuck around, but yeesh.
_________________________ We are what we repeatedly do - Aristotle
This whole thing was something leftover and still sticking from the beginning of the internet. That you can be anonymous and be an ass, a jackal, or even a total prick and it was all OK. If someone dissed you then you could make a sock puppet to screw them back without sullying your primary anonymous poster.
But there was something that was wrong. No one was anonymous. There was always a link. The amount of connective tissue left by just a few posts by one sock puppet is left forever. Yes, you can grab IP addresses from Russia or anywhere or "hideyourIP" but even those are glued on you like warm taffy if you have any ego whatsoever. And usually, if you are a douchebag, you don't really think too far ahead.
I think I got rule number one told to me about the internet back in 1995.
1) Don't write anything anywhere, email or forum, that you would not be ashamed to have stapled to the Chairman's door.
There is no rule number 2.
This rule really did not start with the internet. It started with the written word.
I think that there are just some people that want to be the high school jock, morning drive time radio, exclusive clique cool guy. What struck me about Sam was that the guy couldn't post anything without being needlessly sarcastic. I don't think one little slight over the line is what run him out, but a whole persona built on inhospitality.
I think that there are just some people that want to be the high school jock, morning drive time radio, exclusive clique cool guy.
That does explain a lot of forum activity. You could be the fat pimply creepy kid from the A/V club called Spaz in high school but a forum can transform you into Howard Stern. Or you were the jock/ cheerleader in high school but now your manager is Spaz who doesn't like your sullen attitude when you ask if they want to Supersize. But a sock would fix everything.
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