Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
"Outside of RHP we are probably quite different, maybe. I know I am. But within these walls..." divegeester, my friend, there may be some site members who portray personas different from themselves; however, should we ever meet in person you would discover yours truly to be exactly the same as him you knew only more so in the best sense of the ph ...[text shortened]... tions since July, 2007, with people whom you know by their RHP Nicknames attest to this reality.
There is something that has earned the name "online disinhibition effect." In the off-line world, we learn certain motivations to contain our feelings and to temper the way we express them. Some of those motivations are lacking online. For example, we are anonymous, most of us, our reputation is masked by screen names, and we don't work with or share a neighborhood with one another. We don't express ourselves except in writing, which can make for stronger language, and we don't get feedback immediately, or we can ignore it. Also, we are free to state our firm political, religious, etc. positions without any real consequence.
I do believe you are much the same person off-line, because you present an even-temperedness online. You take some pretty heavy negativity quite well.