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Pendo
10-03-2002, 03:38 PM
The Internet is such a large place filled with millions of different people, but why are so many people on it total D-heads?

I went into a chat room for the first time in years, and all some people seem to do is want to attack you! I don't know if it's just the chat room I went into or if they're all like that, but I mean WHY bother?!? People being loud mouthed in chat rooms really P's me off because you know that they're really sad little people who can't beat anyone up, so that's why they threaten to beat people up over the Internet, because they know they can't do it in real life.

For some reason a strange person started shouting abuse at me because I was eating a McDonalds as I was typing :rolleyes:. The man wasn't even a vegeterian or anything like that so had no reason to be offended.

I think stricter measures should be taken in chat rooms by the people who created them. Does anybody agree?

SSG is a totaly different place to all that. Appart from a few incidents, there have been hardly any attacking and it is a very friendly atmosphere :).

Has anyone else been abused in chat rooms for stupid reasons and what do you think could be done to stop that sort of thing?

Please keep bashing people OUT of this thread :).

PENDO!

QLD
10-03-2002, 03:45 PM
Yeah, I gave up on most chatrooms around 5 or 6 years ago. Now all you see is :

A/S/L

14 yo hottie lookin for sum cuties

etc....etc.....

It's really not even interesting anymore.

The Overlord Returns
10-03-2002, 03:46 PM
any chance the chat room you stumbled into was actually titled "@$$hole$.com??"



on a serious note. The Internet chat room mentality is that youcan be anyone you want to be. Most people that are brash, or even d1cks online haven't got the stones to be in r/l. This is there way of being the cool big shot they hope to be, but never have achance of actually becoming in real life....

James Boba Fettfield
10-03-2002, 03:58 PM
Nothing like chatting with people who spend their entire time in a "room" trying to counter the sad excuse of what they truely are in real life. Seriously, who ever falls for the fact that a hot woman is looking for a man in a chatroom is pathetic. Most of the rooms on AOL have gone away from what the topic is into something like this:

SEXYMAN: ANY GURLZ WANT 2 TALK???!!! tYPE 985743895775478578457 439587 3498573405897 and I WIL PRIVATE U!!!!!!!!!!!!111

LuvaMAN: 18/m/cali, i HAve a great boDY pm for more talk

And probably half of those people are pedophiles to begin with.

Beast
10-03-2002, 04:00 PM
Chatrooms are really bad now adays, especially anything on AOL's servers. I frequent a few, but those ones are usually not very busy and are filled with people that actually want to have a conversation. The problem starts when people join those chatrooms so that they can use them as their own personal soap boxes and complain about the world. I would much rather chat with friends on AIM or on Mucks, then chatrooms most of the time anyway.

The internet is a wonderful place, but just like in RL it represents a cross-section of humanity. And if you know anything about humanity, you know that it has it's good eggs, bad eggs, and spoiled eggs. On-line your going to get a perfect representation of that. And some people need a reason to live, and that reason is to complain and whine about every little thing that bugs them. It's a fact of life, a sad one, but what can you really do about it.

I agree, this website is a hell of alot better then some of the chatrooms, and even some of the other forums out there. I think it's because Star Wars pretty much did what Lucas intended, it taught morals to young people, that at the time had no real storytellers to do that. Of course the community is plagued at times with people that would rather cause trouble then live in harmony, but that doesn't happen all that much. Mostly it's just the frustration of discussion and dealing with the people that really do look to cause problems that is the biggest cause of most trouble.

I'm partially responsable for that in a way, because I'm a passionate person, and I try to listen to people's opinions. I also am passionate about what I believe, so can be easily goaded into a degenerating conversation. I should really ignore people that do things like that, but I try to give people more chances then they sometimes deserve. And that it winds back up with square one again. Is it warrented on ocassion, sure. Most of the times it would probably be better to just ignore them. But I guess I value people's opinions to much to shut them out, even going to the limits to accept that some people just have quirks that grate on others.

Even the ones that push and push on things deserve a chance. The only things that really set me off is people that enjoy being rude, bashing people's differences, or making racist comments. Then you're likely to really see me go off on someone. Other then that, it's mostly sarcastic quips just as a stress reliever or joke. Some people just don't have that great a sense of humor. A discussion is fine, but when you take it to the limits of wanting to hurt someone over their opinion, or complaining about the person and not their opinion, then maybe you need to look at the argument again and see if they really mean what they say. :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

Darth Cruel
10-03-2002, 04:55 PM
I don't let these chatroom toughguys bother me. In fact, I get a kick out of them. They make me think of Joe Pesci in Leathal Weapon 4. I wonder if they truely think they are intimidating people who they can neither see nor find. I like to see how angry I can get these guys without ever saying anything that will get me in trouble.

Darth Sidious
10-03-2002, 05:11 PM
An easy way to avoid insults in chat rooms- Don't go into them. :) I have been on the forums a whole lot lately, and I recently went into a chat room. Nobody respects you or anything like they do here. The worst arguments on these forums are nothing compared to normal conversation in chat rooms. My view-Stick with the forums. $crew the chat rooms. :D

Jargo
10-03-2002, 06:07 PM
Chat rooms suck. You get blasted for nothing more than wanting to take a back seat and read what people say. If you don't constantly barrage post messages you get abuse hurled at you that a mariner would blush to hear. I ventured into a few places when i first hooked up to the net and even back then it was grim. Now I prefer to see posts that last and that you can re-read months later and respond to. Message boards are like verbal photographs - sorta..... :sur: :D

JediTricks
10-03-2002, 06:35 PM
Pendo, how would being a vegetarian give him any right to attack you?

I used to mod our SSG chatroom but it became too much of a chore - keeping some people from being jerks was very time-consuming and I threw in the towel. I think chatrooms give a feeling of anonymity which in turn gives to a sense of "freedom to do whatever I want" and some people want to be rude and selfish whether they realize it or not. I guess it's the nature of man, that feeling of anonymity empowers people to do strange things like riot, steal or cheat on their spouses.

I remember when I was hanging out in a Babylon 5 chatroom a lonnnnnnnng while back, I'd get bashed for not wanting to cyber with people even when there was a guy in our group who got in serious troubles over that (took in a woman who turned out to have multiple personalities... the main one was married with kids). There's a place for that stuff and it ain't a sci-fi chatroom IMO.

Bobajames
10-03-2002, 06:45 PM
all people ever do is fight and threaten each other. most dialogues i have joined in to are as follows:
"man, im gonna kick your butt" <--lives in maine
"no im gonna kick you butt!!!" <--lives in montana
here's a picture to tell about fighting on the net. people are gonna get mad maybe, i don't know (or care?), i found it on this dude's site. He is called p0p0 or something.


(mod note - attachment deleted because it had "the f-word")

Darth Sidious
10-03-2002, 06:57 PM
:D !!!!!! That was hilarious! (Although I can see how it could be offensive, but nothing really offends me.) I have it set on the background of my computer right now...I would make it into an avatar, but I don't want to get in trouble.

QLD
10-03-2002, 07:26 PM
I miss the SSG chatroom, I don't remember there being much of a problem there. Oops...maybe I was it :eek:

Beast
10-03-2002, 07:28 PM
There wasn't much of a problem, if I recall correctly. I used to be in there quite alot. Sounds like the job of S.M. on the forums and keeping an eye on the chatroom was just to much. Other sites have chatrooms with no problems. :p

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

Jedi Master Silas
10-03-2002, 07:34 PM
Thats why I dont chat Pendo although I do enjoy forums with people the same genuine interests. I know folks who do the 24-7 chat thing...even do it while at work..some have even ended marriages b/c of chatting....how sad. I think folks use it as a outlet to relieve daily aggression, stress, anger etc. I quess anyone is a target in a chat room. So dont sweat stupidity :)

rynobot
10-03-2002, 07:40 PM
I truley dislike Chat rooms, I haven't been in one in 4 years and don't plan on entering one.

mini-rock
10-03-2002, 07:49 PM
I've never been in a chatroom, but I had friends that used to frequent them often. Eventually it got to the point when all they wanted to do was hangout at their apt, and chat all day. What a waste of life.

I love this forum, and I haven't met a person in here that I didn't like, yet. j/k :p

Nexu
10-03-2002, 09:13 PM
I love chat rooms. Only place where I can yell at people for being dumb, and for yelling at other people, and not get banned for it. ;)

Bobajames
10-03-2002, 09:51 PM
oops sorry didn't notice that attachment had a bad word in it... chat rooms do suck, it's all about 40 year old pervs prtending to be 18 year old guys tryin to get with 14 year old boys who are pretending to be 20 year old girls. :crazed: craziness!!

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
10-03-2002, 10:09 PM
I used to frequent all sorts of chatrooms when I had AOL but I grew sick of it before I left. I appreciated participating in a verbal sparring everynow and then, but as most of us have mentioned, the chatrooms were a hotbed of juvenile, perverted, racist, and sex-laden comments.

The internet provides the perfect place for people to spout all that garbage as they hide behind the anonymity of a computer screen. They no that that stuff would never be tolerated any place else.

Vortex
10-04-2002, 06:03 PM
The net has always been an interesting place, and human nature is just flat out werid and evil sometimes.

I never got into plugging in or chat rooms. Chalk that up to my general distrust of some one I couldn't see or hear, and my mental reasoning that some "hot" woman or woman my age wouldn't need to get cheap thrills or find a man on the net.

I think its a generation thing too. When the net was new, the younger kids got heavy into it since they were exposed to it more and used it more and other kids like them were on it. I think they seen it as an extension of themself, creativly or mentally.

More than likely those chat rooms are their stomping grounds and outsiders don't belong...the whole youth angst bit, or like the neighborhood corner bar where anyone new is looked at funny. The same thing was happening here on this forum or getting close. The "regulars" or big hitters were butting heads with the new folks who didn't quite fit in.

I'd chalk the hostility up to the youth angst and trying to have some control of something since they don't have any control in their normal lives. Plus I think they forget there are people on the other end of the computer screens...

plasticfetish
10-05-2002, 12:52 AM
First of all ... I had McDonalds tonight for dinner. There is nothing wrong with McDonalds. :)

I too got tired of chat rooms ages ago. Yeah, you all hit the nail on the head when you said that anonymity gives people delusions. I've always reasoned that I wouldn't (or would try not to) talk to people on line any differently than I would in person. I think it's similar to the way that in certain work related situations, often times other employees and especially superiors think that it's fine to be rude to or condescending to the other workers. I've actually said to people ... "hey, if I was a stranger on the street ... would you use that tone on me?"

Years ago also ... we (my wife mostly) stopped taking chat rooms seriously AT ALL, and she for the most part goes in them just to rile people up. Generally she'll assume a fake personality and move into a chat room full of jerks just to see how long until she can clear it out. She met one of her best friends on line that way. Now the two of them (both wickedly smart women) go into rooms and fake fight each other or to double time the room bully or pervert. It's completely hilarious ... but mostly funny because she can type at some ridiculously fast rate and tends to just smother the other person.

Anyway ... don't take any of it too seriously ... don't let it ruin your meal. :)

scruffziller
10-05-2002, 08:00 AM
It has been like 5 years for me being in a chatroom. When I was doing the chatroom thing I was all about it. Then just lost interest, but never really had any big problems, except I think someone sent me a virus once through an e-mail because I met them in a chatroom.

Nexu
10-05-2002, 04:47 PM
I go into chat rooms and act like a complete arse. I was talking to someone, and they asked when I turn 18, and I said the 22nd. She said she turns 18 on the 20th. I go, "Hey, we must be related." She goes, "Yeah, maybe we are." :rolleyes: :D
I throw random insults in, some people leave, and some are cool about it and throw them right back and laugh about it. If someone gets really riled up, I just say, "Dude, calm down. I'm just being an arse." :)

2-1B
01-12-2008, 04:34 PM
but why Nexu, why would you bother ? That's even stupider than chat rooms (which are incredibly stupid to begin with).

bigbarada
01-12-2008, 04:46 PM
On MMA boards we have what are called "keyboard warriors" who love to "shout" threats and obscenities at guys who beat up people for a living. The fighters are kind of forced to be the bigger man in those scenarios, but you know that the internet nerds would never even think of saying any of that stuff to the fighters' faces (in fact, the first words out of their mouth would probably be "I'm your biggest fan!" if they met the fighter in person).

If you can only be a "tough guy" behind the anonymity of the internet, then you really must be a sad, sad little person.

Jargo
01-12-2008, 05:25 PM
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=WiloZd1H4ow&feature=related