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Message Board Personalities

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by Brite, Mar 27, 2002.

  1. Brite

    Brite TRIBE Member

    I had a debate the other night with a guy who said something to the affect of "I'm not like that in real life, only on the internet," after doing and saying some rather questionable things.
    Now I know the internet can uninhibit people. They get a chance to take on a new 'personality' if they want, say what they want. The only thing is, people start to forget that there are real people behind these usernames and monitors. I often hear "don't take the internet seriously," being given as advice but sometimes it should be.
    Especially in on line communities like these where people know 50% of the people who post at least, or will meet them at future parties. Do you not think how you acted on the internet will influence their opinion of you. And you may say you don't care, but many of you have become friends through this thing.
    I am guilty of it too. I'm in general a very honest person, on and off the boards but I guess sometimes more apt to saying things when I could let them go.
    Moral of my babble? Maybe people should realize that what they say isn't affecting usernames, it is affecting people. And it's not too cool to be a "message board bitch," and act like a completely different person, IN person. And for the people who respect these people or find it funny that they are bitchy without reason (I mean excessively) I feel sorry for you.

    Your Thoughts?

    [please ignore the possible affect/effect mishap]
  2. nusty

    nusty TRIBE Member

    :D I'm always (well most of the time) happy. All you need to know about me.
    I think the boards are a safer place to bitch than in person. If you have negative expressions taking them out on a key board could quite possibly be one of the best ways to vent in a healthy way. over paid shrinks tell you to let out your feelings in a safe environment (Not knowing from experience, just TV :p). Messege boards are safe for that stuff and allow people to get their negativity out in a manner that allows other to egnore it if they wish. For all of the negative posts on Tribe there are also a lot of positive posts too. Look for the happy ones, there are lots out there. Also Because the internet is so crappy for really expressing opinions (ie emocons suck and don't portray expression acurately), a lot of posts can be taken out of context. No one really likes to be known as a dick and I think most people keep that in mind before submitting their posts. Hearing other problems can help the person who made the comment (being able to vent in a healthy and supportive environment and get constructive feed back) and the person reading it (realizing your life isn't as bad as others in some rights).

    Thats my two cents at 3:45am If you want to bitch, I'm here for you. If you want to smile and give praise, I'm here for you too.
  3. Stormshadow

    Stormshadow TRIBE Member

    Who's being affected? Who cares what people think about you?

    I could never hold a grudge against what someone said on a message board...it's pretty to do so.

    Anyways, I can say that I'm exactly the same on the board, as I am in "real life".
    If people wanna come on here and bitch, let them bitch.
    A message board is different for everyone. But most of us come here to blow off steam from a long, stressful day.
  4. Stormshadow

    Stormshadow TRIBE Member

    Re: Re: Message Board Personalities

    This is what I meant to say...

    Being affected? Who cares what people think about you?

    I could never hold a grudge against what someone said on a message board...I think it's pretty immature to do so.

    Anyways, I can say that I'm exactly the same on the board, as I am in "real life". I think I joke even around more when I'm not on the board.

    If people wanna come on here and bitch, let them bitch.
    A message board is different for everyone. But most of us come here to blow off steam from a long, stressful day.
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2002
  5. JEMZ

    JEMZ TRIBE Member

    I'm gonna have to side with Stormshadow on this one.

    All the internet is, is an extension of our generation's belief that we are all going to be celebrities. A message board in-turn should never be taken to heart. A mesage board is not the real world it is a place where I go by the name of JEMZ and take in less substance than I do watching television in the real world.

    A message board allows a shy person to be bold, a boy to be a girl, a nice guy to be a prick, a moron to get listened to, a geek to be popular. Unless you can pull it off in the real world, your message board status really isn't shit.

    People do things on the internet they would never do in real life... it's like being drunk, it is phony but it is also fun.

    In my mind the internet is as fun or serious as I want it to be, but I don't think it is really worth getting wrapped up in. The fact is that communication via the internet is the most shallow, trite, boring, monotonous, vague, casual shit on the face of the earth... if your life is lived and maintained in this world, you are seriously in a whole heap of trouble.

    Have fun, don't quit a board because people don't like you, don't whine because there aren't enough web-cam photos of you out there and please, please don't complain about the fact that you have 800 posts this month, but no girls think you are hot or nobody responds to your posts. And by all means, don't get angry or offended by people you don't know and will never meet.

    The internet world is an illusion, don't have dillusions about it's real stand in human interraction.... or else you will waste your time on issues that don't matter at all and have no bearing on your actual life at hand. Have fun it's a fun waste of time, nothing more.
    Jamie :)
  6. ADT

    ADT TRIBE Member


    I know for sure the internet brings out the more pissy end of my personality, mainly because I developed my internet persona completly anonymously, and got amusement mainly with saying contoriversial shit. neway, i realized the internet had enough people acing like assholes on it because they were bored and i changed my name to I-Drop because that what some people started calling me for a while because i didnt get pissy for getting passed lens cleaner instead of lens solution at OM.

    so ya, i guess
  7. PosTMOd

    PosTMOd Well-Known TRIBEr

    Any chance for me to make my humour even drier than it normally is, I take.

    Besides, I think that if one goes completely absurd with the humour then it can't be taken as anything else but a joke.

    Unless you're a complete retard, and then you should be killed, since retards should die. Oh, and the gays and the homosexuals too. Die dead.
  8. Balzz

    Balzz TRIBE Member

    The only thing that offends me on msg boards is when people tYpE lIkE dIs.
  9. deep

    deep TRIBE Member

    People totally overestimate the amount of information they can garner from a person's online presence. Those who have an equal amount of vis-a-vis interaction with others learn this, those for whom the internet comprises the majority of their social interaction don't. This situation will always set itself up for misunderstandings and tension. You can politely try to explain this to someone if they don't seem to get it, but beyond that it's best to just let people learn for themselves, when they are on the receiving end of such generalizations.
  10. daddyiwantchocolate

    daddyiwantchocolate TRIBE Member


    Translation: I'm a slut and I love my ass and I like when people touch it and I like when people talk about it, especially Tearer.
  11. Che

    Che TRIBE Member


  12. kyfe

    kyfe TRIBE Member

    There's nothing I would say here that I wouldn't say in person. Admittingly my persona is (IMO) misunderstood on the board since my Aura is much different in person I think the fact that body language cannot be typed is the biggest difference..... There are differences, but I think the general idea is present although some may have misunderstood.....

  13. deep

    deep TRIBE Member

    Your insults make Josh seem witty in comparison.
  14. BigBadBaldy

    BigBadBaldy TRIBE Member

    This isn't real? Bullshit. This IS real. I am always conscious of anything I type here. Yes, it's hard to read people through text, that's why it really is important not to judge people COMPLETELY based on their message board ramblings. It's especially hard to gauge humour, as we have all experienced. Even those of us WITH a sense of humour (insert tongue sticking out smilie here).

    HOWEVER, I honestly do look at anything I say here as a true representation of myself, and anything I say here I would not hesitate to say in person. Why misrepresent yourself and make yourself look like an idiot/asshole/moron? I can see the point if you were on a board where EVERYONE adopted fictional personas, but this is a forum where real people interact. When I read your posts, I think of you as a real person with real feelings, not just some disembodied idea in my head which I can treat any way I see fit. Anyone who treats this facet of their character as "illusory" probably does that to a certain extent with their "real" persona.

    In conclusion..


    ..noisulcnoc nI.

    "Naomi backwards is "I moan"."
    ~ Van Wilder

    (Sorry @m!)
  15. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I love the duel insults.
  16. deep

    deep TRIBE Member

    I don't know why people even bother trying.
  17. Rosey

    Rosey TRIBE Member

    that's my take on it too.
    except i've adopted a 'you're a stupid, pig-fucking, troll until proven otherwise' stance for some people - usually applied when they make a huge ass of themselves within their first 20 posts.
  18. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Some people are just tenacious at reaching for that brass ring.
  19. Libradragon

    Libradragon TRIBE Promoter

    I agree with everything you say, BBB.

    oh for fuck's sake, not this again!!!
  20. Cheeka

    Cheeka TRIBE Member

    I think I'm nicer on the board then I am in real life (scary isn't it ;)) - or maybe less confrontational is a better way to put it?
    If I don't know someone I am more likely to hold back my opinion on the board... if its in person, it's another story :D!!!
  21. deep

    deep TRIBE Member

    like this guy

    (don't click)
  22. BigBadBaldy

    BigBadBaldy TRIBE Member

    Sorry Ld.. me and @m saw the preview of National Lampoon's Van Wilder last night, and they use that line. I had never even heard it before. :D


  23. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Writing don't click will only make people want to click it more.
    Nice try though
  24. daddyiwantchocolate

    daddyiwantchocolate TRIBE Member

    If you agree with his statements, then does that mean that you're as big a bitch in person as you are on the board?
  25. twist

    twist TRIBE Member

    bite me.

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