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Old 04-10-2015, 09:18 AM   #1
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How to be a better person online

10 ways to be a better, happier person online | www.mystatesman.com

This article is by the long-time tech writer for the Statesman and has some really great ideas all of us who hang out here can use. Basically he gives specific ideas on how to not be a jerk online.


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Old 04-10-2015, 11:06 AM   #2
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Great article. Very good tips. I do personally post after midnight sometimes, but I'm a night owl.
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:07 PM   #3
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I like this forum and the honesty here. Also the helpfulness of people.

However, there was recently a "test" posted online where nearly everyone got 100% and acted like if you didn't, you were an idiot. I was disappointed by that thread and hope it isn't a trend of things to come. I shamefully admit that I acted haughty and righteous on a yet earlier "test thread" (that was a bit easier). So include me in it.

That came to mind after reading this part from the article, highlighting some not so great trends:

" the Internet is a place to exaggerate the better parts of yourself, to hide unsightly flaws, to say the thing you’d have never thought to say in a face-to-face conversation from behind a keyboard "
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:38 PM   #4
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This forum has a great culture and good moderators. Other forums I've frequented tolerate resident bullies who pass out a little knowledge and a little abuse with every post, especially to newbies.

On one site, I came to realize I had most of the regulars on "ignore" so it was time to go.
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I don't think leopards can change their spots whether online or in person, especially by the age this forum appeals to. But most leopards here seem to have very nice spots.
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Old 04-10-2015, 04:18 PM   #7
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Yeah, kudos to the moderators. This is about the only place I come to regularly. Occasionally I'll cruise reddit or comments on news sites like CNN and come away wondering who ARE these people and don't they have anything better to do than type such offensive or nonsensical drivel?
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Old 04-10-2015, 11:06 PM   #8
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I'd prefer to be a jerk. I'm just not good at it yet, but, I hope, I'm learning.

If I'm getting it right, please PM me.
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Old 04-10-2015, 11:30 PM   #9
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That's a great article, MBAustin. Thanks for sharing.
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Any additional ideas for old curmudgeon's?
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Here's how the e-r.org Mod Squad does its work deciding on which members are in danger of sliding into Internet Jerk (or Jerkette) From Hell.

Kind of like stogie-chewing Cerberus.

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I'd prefer to be a jerk. I'm just not good at it yet, but, I hope, I'm learning.
You're better at it than you think.
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