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5-30-2007 @ 5:42PM
This is less a problem with the official forums, more a problem in the diametrically opposed facets of internet culture.On the one hand, you have places like WoWinsider; full of intelligent, literate and eloquent posters and article-writers, a place where legibility is credibility to an encouraging extent.On the other hand you have 4chan/somethingawful with their massive influence on 'teh intarweb': intricate, meaningless insider jokes, evolving, etymologically-untraceable language, abuse, trolling ad nauseam. What's worse is that many users of the internet switch pretty easily between the two modes, depending on how mature they are feeling. One 4chan user put it pretty well when he/she described it as a place for intelligent people to act like the monsters they really are.The problem then is in separating the two and ensuring people refrain from acting with all the anger and bitterness and brutality that anonymity allows. I don't know too much about Tseric's unique case, but it seems that he's an example of what happens when an individual goes up against anonymous, that truth is that unless you are incredibly thick-skinned it's best to keep your mask on, on the internet.
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