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I haven't participated much on "the board" in years. It only took a day of activity to remind of way. Something about internet discussion forums turns people (myself included) into the most easily offended, most insulting and least easy-going versions of themselves. It's a constant scrum where insults trump argument, and arguments are snark-fests rather than rational discussion.

You know how hamsters have little bars they can press and a treat rolls out? Well, forums are like a bar I can press and aggravation and irritation roll out. I made some really good friends as a result of that forum (some of whom are reading this!) and so I don't regret it. But I'm shocked at my post count, which is still absurdly high. I really had no life back in the early aughts, I guess.

Anyway, I miss my friends, but I don't miss the aggravation bar. If only I could have the one without the other.


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Apr. 23rd, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
What about, like - talking to your friends on gchat? or connecting on facebook... or, for the locals, actually seeing them in PERSON? now that we have two places to live, we can meet people on both the east side AND the west side.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
I had the same feeling about the board on WWDN, and lost enthusiasm for it not long before Wil himself took the site down because of the douchebag factor.

Apr. 23rd, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
The board is totally like a Skinner box. Push the wrong button and get an electric shock for your trouble...
Apr. 25th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
The internet does tend to bring out one's in(t/n)erdouche.

This is one of the main reasons I don't come out to play much anymore.

Edited at 2009-04-25 03:39 am (UTC)
Apr. 25th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
For what it's worth, I never saw you turn into a pfeifengesicht, no matter how provoked.
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