It always amazes me the different tone you get on different websites between people commenting. On some websites people are really caring and I’ve seen people go all out to help each other by sending them stuff they need or helping out in some other way. Then there are websites where people immediately start attacking other people by trying to discredit them or calling them names or just being plain out nasty for no real reason.
I’m not sure why it is or how it is that certain websites establish their tone. I know that sometimes it is due to moderators. But not always.
Facebook and Google both seem to think it has to do with people who are anonymous and by just getting people to use their real name this wil go away. I call BS on that. Because I have seen websites where nearly everyone is anonymous in username and picture yet they are the nicest people in the world to each other. Then I’ve seen other websites that use the facebook commenting system and they get down right terrible with each other, even with their real name and picture attached.
I think reality is a good indicator that real names and faces don’t automatically set a nice tone. If that were the case we wouldn’t have all the nasty stuff people say and do to each other in the real world.
Sometimes I wonder if age and gender have something to do with it, but thats not the case either. Maybe intelligence then? Nope. Even intelligent people can reduce themselves to trash and less intelligent people can be sweet as candy. So I really can’t place my finger on it.
Why do you think certain websites have a bad tone or a good tone? Where does this start?