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Online trolls actually just assholes all the time, study finds

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    joplin
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    That’s fascinating and a little surprising. I mean the fact that assholes online are assholes in real life isn’t, but the fact that they found that the other leading theory (that not seeing who...

    That’s fascinating and a little surprising. I mean the fact that assholes online are assholes in real life isn’t, but the fact that they found that the other leading theory (that not seeing who you’re talking to leads to people being meaner or their messages being misunderstood more easily) doesn’t seem to hold up. I would have guessed it was a bit of both, but it seems like it’s not. It also seems like there’s a self-selection bias. People who don’t like conflict don’t participate in forums that are geared towards political discussions that are likely to lead to conflict. This sounds a lot like the evaporative cooling effect that was mentioned here a few weeks ago. (I think it was here?)

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      hungariantoast
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      You might be remembering a recent comment of mine in which I quoted this blog post: On a technicality

      You might be remembering a recent comment of mine in which I quoted this blog post:

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      1. joplin
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        Ah yeah, that’s the one. I searched for “evaporative cooling” and it showed 2 posts that were about the physical phenomenon.

        Ah yeah, that’s the one. I searched for “evaporative cooling” and it showed 2 posts that were about the physical phenomenon.

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        suspended
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        Did we lose some excellent people in the past 6 months?

        Did we lose some excellent people in the past 6 months?

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          Gaywallet
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          Quite a few, by my count.

          Quite a few, by my count.

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          1. suspended
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            Was there a conversation that I missed about this? If necessary, please feel free to send me a PM.

            Was there a conversation that I missed about this? If necessary, please feel free to send me a PM.

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