The Internet is sucking the humanity out of personal contact and responsibility. It is giving license to a new breed of citizen- one who treats others in an anonymous forum the way they would never treat them in person. I call them cowardly and I call them pathetic. They are the reason I will not go to message boards unless it is absolutely neccesary.
I also don't like the effect that the internet is having on the comic book readership in general. What in theory should be a wonderful thing- going to a place to talk about your favorite characters and books- has been ruined by callous, over-bearing idiots who bully and challenge others until only people like themselves are left.
What happens next is that people who still want to talk about comics have to go find a new place or start their own. The only problem with it, is sooner or later the same bullies find out where you are and make life intolerable yet again.
That is also why you will never see me on a forum, other then briefly, and usually to wish someone a happy birthday, which is usually not a "hostile" thread.
These bullies make me feel physically ill. It is my greatest hope that the big old karma wheel comes back to bite them in their obnoxious ass.
My rule of thumb is to treat people like you want to be treated. I also try to see the positive side of things rather then trying to prey on other's weaknesses. It is one thing to have a relationship that allows a level of comfort in being teased, it is another to hack and slash another's words in a way that puts them up to ridicule.
This is the reason I have my own blog- to keep the focus where I want it - on comic books and pop culture, not someone else's ego. When I criticise here it is a focus on the person's work, not their character. When I suggest that Rob Liefeld is not worthy of a shot at Teen Titans, it isn't because I think he has a bad personality, it is because I know he has a long track record of poor performance regarding deadlines and promised publications. If I met him in person, I would express my opinion to his face in a polite manner. That is my rule - if you can't say it to their face, don't say it.
That is my soap box for the day! Have a great weekend all!