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Three of my LJ friends are hurting at the moment because of idiocy in one of the anon communities (I don't even know which one, or if there is more than one.) I'm not very happy about that. They're all good people and good friends, and really, nobody deserves to be trash-talked by people who won't put their name to their hatefulness.

So, just to be perfectly clear: I have participated in anon communities once or twice, when linked there. I have never said anything to someone there that I wouldn't say to their face/on their journal later; most of the time I went there to defend someone who was being trashed. I haven't been there in years. I have no intention of going back. They bring out the worst internet behaviour and life is too short for that.

I'm not going through the bios of my friends list to make sure none of my LJ friends are on anon communities. I just hope that if any of you are participants over there, you're being excellent to each other, or at least not making things worse.

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Date: 2012-03-17 02:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mr-weasel.livejournal.com
I think the folks at Penny Arcade summed up the phenomena of commenting online anonymously:

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/03/19

Because of the general nature of people in such an environment, one should be very cautious participating in such anonymous forums unless one has a very thick skin.

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Date: 2012-03-17 02:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velvetpage.livejournal.com
Yep. Not to be confused, of course, with the semi-anonymity provided by an online handle. I do not subscribe to the theory that most people are worse people under their online handles than under their real names; it's only when you remove even that semblance of accountability that you get the worst internet behaviour.

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Date: 2012-03-17 03:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mr-weasel.livejournal.com
Behaviour is inversely proportional to accountability in general.

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