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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-07-2004, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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How people behave online

I'm one of those annoying types that hide under the guise of anonimity offered by the Internet. Like, I never post pics of myself or offer too much to give away what I do or where I live (saying Lawrence, KS is about as much detail as I divuldge). But, I've always tried to keep my personality someone near what it is in real life. I think making up a totally new personality would take too much effort. But, of course, I do comment on things that I'd normally keep to myself (unelss I am looking for a butt kicking)

Anyway, I was curious to know people's motives for maintaining their online personality and limits. Like, what are your thoughts about the difference in how you can behave online versus how you might be in real life.

Obviously, I tend to annoy people (hey, raitchison - are you reading this?) on this forum... which really isn't my intent. I'm always interested in trying to figure out what makes people do what they do. The means I'm usually more concerned about why people do stuff rather than the particulars of what they're trying to accomplish. I just think it's interesting how people have online personalities that seem more genuine than what you'd find in real life.

It's interesting that only online will you find places where people will share their ideas and offer suggestions and arguments. I mean, if I went down to the Mazda Dealership, Shopping Mall, Parts Store, whatever, and started asking people about Mazda3s - they'd probably ask me to leave once they realized I wasn't buying anything.

Bah, I am rambling. Put your comments here if you have anything to say.

I'm guessing there are others out there similar to myself (please, let there be at least one...)

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-07-2004, 07:31 PM
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Well I also own a 3rd gen Maxima, keep my online personality the same as it is in real life and leave it at that.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-07-2004, 09:40 PM
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I'm here because I like talking and learning about my car, but there is also a social aspect to it. Online forums can resemble interactive performance art, especially if there are some actors/trolls around. (Before getting addicted to this forum, I was rather active on's forums. Its a wedding advice site, and I posted for months after I got married. They had at least 7 high-level drama queen trolls, who just made up crap to get the sympathy and emotions of the other posters.)

I haven't seen any of that here, really. It might have to do with the forum being mostly guys. Girls seem to be encouraged to be false towards other girls - act like your best friend then rip you apart when talking to her other friends. Guys will just rip you apart to your face. I grew up with brothers, went to college at a school that is mostly guys, and work in a profession that is still male-dominated. I like it that way.

I try to be genuine on forums, but the difficult thing is that people only see really small pieces of my personality at any one time. Depending on how I feel when I write something, I can come off as a bitch, a nerd, a helpful person, a mean person, a nice person, a dense person, or even a drunk person. (Yes, I have posted drunk. I wouldn't recommend it.) The smallest phrase can influence someone's entire opinion of you!

I would never give away my address or phone number in a public forum like this. That is just asking for someone to kill me or steal my identity.


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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-08-2004, 12:46 AM
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These web sites have taken the place of the local community meeting places, whether it used to be the front steps , the local barber or the local dance hall. In the past members of the local community knew each other face to face, probably knew all the gossip and saw each other every day.

I live in a fairly small city of 220,000 and it is still heartning to be recognised on the street sometimes. But the community has grown to the extent that you don't even say good morning to someone who passes you on the foot path on an empty street. I remember not so long ago when it would have been rude not to at least nod your head in greeting.

So here we are: strangers making a community for ourselves based on a motor car. We feel safe. We can help each other. We can praise and complain to each other. We can entertain and teach and learn. And amazingly there you are on the other side of the world!!! It's pretty neat.

And tell you what: This is a very well run, self disciplined site. Some of the sites out there in cyberland are complete rubbish and you can not even understand what anyone is saying or where the conversation is leading!


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