So, I have been thinking lately..
I am active at two fitness/body building forums, one self defence forum, this forum and I sometimes lurk at two other PE-forums.
Lately I have seen trends at all forums. Lots of people are very rude when they can hide behind their computers and they build e-egos and grow more and more confident and cocky every time they get a virtual “pat on the back” from one of their “Internet brothers or sisters”.
I can understand this behaviour since the Internet makes it possible for anyone to be the person they always wanted to be. If someone always dreamed about being the popular guy that everyone thought was cool, they can now become that person by imitating the behaviour of him/her in what they write and how they write.
I personally do not have a problem with this, as long as these persons do not step over the line and verbally abuse others and pick on them. Sadly this seems to be very common and the worst thing about it is that it seems to attract more of these virtual-bullies to the scene and they gang up on certain individuals.
My point with this post is that this forum and its managers are extremely good at eliminating this type of behaviour and it has actually made me a better person in many ways.
I am constantly improving my English spelling and find it more and more natural to express my self in English (I am Norwegian by the way).
When I feel emotional about a subject or a post I always take a moment to think about my response before I post in an effort to make my opinion come across in a polite manner.
I feel it very natural to be me here, meaning; when ever I write something to someone I could be standing right in front of this person, looking him/her in the eyes, saying the exact same thing.
In the beginning I thought the mods and thunder was very strict about spelling and that they had a low threshold for certain types of members. Now I understand the necessity of this more and more, and it is all because of the things I see over at the other forums I am active at.
Threads go back and forth with nothing but people flexing their virtual muscles at each other trying to out wit each other, getting affirmation from their peers. What a waste of band width!
Guess this is my way of telling you, thunder, and all of the mods here at thunders place; Thanks for keeping this place clean and free from abuse!
Also, this is my honest opinions and is not meant as a “ass kissing”-post. If you do not believe me I encourage you to go to other forums, lurk for a while and read. I guarantee you that you will find lots of e-bullying going on. People trying to be something they are not.