When You Are On The Internet, Do You Suffer From Histrionics?

When you are on the Internet do you suffer from histrionics or some other form of mental disease or deficiency?  Some people are claiming that it seems to be a plague on the Internet and that some are hiding behind their anonymity by acting rude. Most of us have seen the comments left on blog sites which were inappropriate and offensive.  I have been the victim of a few nasty comments myself.

For the most part, most everyone who visits Lockergnome are polite and have something useful to share. So I have a question. How do you deal with rude comments, emails, or rude people generally?

Let us know.

Comments welcome.


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  • http://www.goretsky.com Aryeh Goretsky


    I think it is long established (viz. John Gabriel’s Greater Internet Theory) that people behave poorly on the Internet due to the perception of anonymity.

    In Lockergnome’s IRC chat, this is usually handled quite fairly by the staff, who warn people about egregious language or behavior, give them a chance to correct and then take further action if needed.


    Aryeh Goretsky

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  • Herbert

    Oh, just turn then over to Homeland Defense for incognito removal for interogation by Hillary Clinton–that usually does th trick

  • http://www.australianguy.com Dean

    I have to admit that its something I’ve suffered from in the past and as a result I pay close attention to my reactions on the internet before replying than I did in years gone by.
    I can get overly defensive, take a black and white attitude when it comes to my opinion, and can be a brilliantly effective jerk if I let loose.

    I think though, that in general people are more calm on the internet. I postulate that message forums thrived more on negativity and a need to be right than any other reason, and that the rapid decline in their popularity signifies that people are just generally not wanting to be pissed off anymore.

    Although its no longer the case, I have to admit that, embarrassingly enough, I’ve lost a lot of sleep in prior years over arguments I’d had on the internet. I would assume that its the case for a lot of people out there, and that they also just aren’t anymore interested in the emotional investment thats required of such self torture.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Dean,
      I believe many have change their attitude over the years and have basically calmed down, or toned down, their language.

  • Buffet

    I actually had to look up histrionics. Thanks for teaching me a new word Ron. How do I deal with rude people? Well, firstly I try to analyze the the inherent motivation for their conduct. Secondly, I attempt to either see the side of it, or reason with them in a civil manner. Lastly, if none of the above works, I will put them in their place, by whatever means necessary. This is done, not out of arrogance or sanctimoniousness, but rather to prevent them from continuing down the wrong path. I’m continually amazed at how ‘brave’ so many loudmouths are at the other end of a telephone or a keyboard. One should always be prepared to back up their statements with facts. Often these instigators suffer from severe inferiority complexes, as evidenced by the fact they never have any stomach for face to face conflict or debate.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hi Buffet,
      I am not a big fan of rude folks either. I agree, they are usually cowards.