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Posted 5/18/16 , edited 5/18/16
Generally, how restrained a conversation is depends upon the distance between the speaker's face and the listener's fists. The formula is:

(distance of face of speaker to fists of listener) inversely proportional to (minimal level of restraint displayed)

This is obviously true. A person standing about 3 feet from someone could be hit with relative ease, while one standing about 10 feet out could imaginably shout an insult yet still may be able to run away to avoid a pommeling. Back in the BBS days everyone used aliases but everyone also knew where everyone else lived, so someone could still show up at your door with a knuckle sandwich. On the whirl wide wibble the distances become practically infinite if the speakers hide in anonymity, so there's no restraint whatsoever on 4chan. On company intranets, people sitting far away from each other still have their real names displayed and therefore not entirely safe from cubicle-borne fiststrikes. Therefore, some restraint still applies.
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Posted 5/18/16
We should be funding more stuff like this.
Posted 5/18/16 , edited 5/18/16
OK, what the point? That person say shit because they are anonymous? I don't view it like you do on this part. I think has to do with the internet self-policing lunatics than anything else. Damn if he/she apologize and damn he/she doesn't apologize.

On company intranets, people sitting far away from each other still have their real names displayed and therefore not entirely safe from cubicle-borne fiststrikes. Therefore, some restraint still applies.
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Posted 5/18/16 , edited 5/18/16
Man. I thought this was a real life situation.
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Posted 5/19/16 , edited 5/19/16

KarenAraragi wrote:

OK, what the point? That person say shit because they are anonymous? I don't view it like you do on this part. I think has to do with the internet self-policing lunatics than anything else. Damn if he/she apologize and damn he/she doesn't apologize.

On company intranets, people sitting far away from each other still have their real names displayed and therefore not entirely safe from cubicle-borne fiststrikes. Therefore, some restraint still applies.


Oh yes, people do feel to be rude because of the anonymity. If it's not anonymous then you can pretty much count on the rudeness being dialed down by at least one notch, and if it's face-to-face, at least two or three notches if not five... because of the proximity to the other person's fists.


macht_gut wrote:

Man. I thought this was a real life situation.


Of course! People online could behave completely differently than they do in person. That's the whole point.
Posted 5/19/16
I like to stand really close to people.
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Posted 5/19/16 , edited 5/19/16
Reminds me of when me and a friend of mine in high school responded to each other a few times on the same public internet forum on adjacent computers in the same room.

I could have punched him in the arm for some of the crap we said.

My god we were bored as hell. lol
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