Forums are a different kind of world. People act very differently when they are masked behind anonymity. A lot of the people who are very aggressive and short-tempered on forums may be very shy and meek in the real world. Some people who write a lot in posts may seem to be not that sociable in person. It's just a different world.
This DC forum is the only forum I've been on that has remained civil from day one until now. I can't put my finger on why, but it's a testament to mouser and the people here. When I write on forums, I try to word things the way I would actually speak in real life because I am personally self-conscious about these things and I don't want someone who meets me in person thinking I'm a totally different personality online.
In my attempt to reduce my time online, I've stopped posting in forums, except this one. I used to post on this Lakers forum before, but I've stopped because every thread would eventually get hijacked by a wiseass or juevenile comments.
Well, there's my vent.