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[–]SweetSlowKiss 2101 points2102 points  (279 children)

What I usually do is type out what I want to say. Then delete it.

After that, I don't feel like responding and usually just ignore.


[–]akatherder 734 points735 points  (99 children)

That explains /u/eeyore.

Redditor for 7 years, 0 comments, 0 links.

Oh bother, I was probably going to get misunderstood and downvoted anyway.

[–]exploitativity 163 points164 points  (17 children)

Wait, how in the world did you find him?

[–]boomfarmer 110 points111 points  (4 children)

Maybe akatherder wanted the username 'eeyore'.

[–]akatherder 43 points44 points  (7 children)

I wanted to make an Eeyore joke (the eternal pessimist from Winnie the Pooh). I figured the name was taken by this point so I just typed it into my browser /u/eeyore. You can do the same with any name like /u/bill or /u/susie.

[–][deleted] 119 points120 points  (40 children)

Maybe he created the account, forgot about it and forgot about his password. Thus the lack of comments and links.

[–]Derpsauce1337 340 points341 points  (12 children)

Mother fucker bringing in logic killing the mood

well put

[–]fubadubdub 920 points921 points  (87 children)

I do this a lot too. I type out something that insights some emotion in me, something I care about a little bit. After thinking about it though, I start to wonder what kind of flame wars I might invoke, and how I don't really want to deal with responses. I'm usually not really even contributing anything to the discussion.


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    [–]goatcoat 231 points232 points  (23 children)

    There is something really wrong with your backspace key. Not that that reflects negatively on you as a person.

    [–]Conan97 242 points243 points  (21 children)

    I really hate people who use small text. It makes me struggle to read it and usually it's a pointless comment anyway. I want them all to burn to death in a mound of fire ants on fire.


    Edit: guys I don't actually care at all about small text

    I think it's kinda cool.

    [–]john_kennedy_toole 203 points204 points  (48 children)

    Glad I'm not the only one. I have a huge problem with deleting nearly half of my posts. I just think about the nonsense discussion it might encourage, (even if I know it'll be civil) and I'm like, "I ain't got time for that!" (Also, obsessive editing, but that's another issue.)

    What's the point? No one is gonna remember a thing you say on here. You gonna change someone's mind with your tiny inconsequential opinion? Ha!

    [–]bdubble 92 points93 points  (28 children)

    What's the point?

    I have that problem online and I have that problem offline too. If you think about it too long it becomes obvious there is very little point to saying much of what may be said.

    [–]Kayzuspot 47 points48 points  (18 children)

    My new goal is to say it any way. I have almost no presence on the internet and it wouldn't hurt to just try.

    [–]runs-with-scissors 26 points27 points  (3 children)

    I suppose there is a certain amount of either ego or obliviousness to commenting on a site like reddit. If I thought about the millions who actually would read what I wrote... .. it'd ... b... paralyz.. .... ..

    (So don't think about it too much.)

    [–]wankerbot 21 points22 points  (0 children)

    YES! My "save/submit" button looks an awful lot like that "cancel" button, or even the "x" on the tab.

    [–]NotMyRealFaceBook 882 points883 points  (188 children)

    Was there a particular incident that prompted this PSA?

    Not that this isn't a reasonable message, but I am just wondering if I missed some Reddit drama/trauma/event... In my experience these messages are more often in direct response to something than not

    [–]cupcake1713[S] 1402 points1403 points  (158 children)

    Nah, I just thought it needed to be said.

    [–]sudo_rossy 327 points328 points  (37 children)

    It's nice to see this said. Sometimes I think that it appears to have less value if it's in response to something, not that it's actual value is less.

    [–]plumbobber 209 points210 points  (33 children)

    We should declare this a National Reddit Day.

    We call it National "Polite Reddit Instilling Cooperation & Karma" Day

    [–]die_potato 29 points30 points  (3 children)

    It did, especially during the past few days. It's as if being a decent human being on the internet mostly just incites suspicion or ridicule. Or sarcasm. It can get genuinely stressful - I mean, "it's just the internet" but indeed, people tend to forget the human.

    Thanks for the reminder. :)

    [–]downunder_fin 8 points9 points  (2 children)

    Well it was timely ... Charlotte Dawson. RIP Charlotte. You can never really know the condition of the person on the receiving end.

    [–]-eDgAR- 78 points79 points  (6 children)

    That was really cool of you and the fact that you did it just because honestly made me really happy.

    [–]akatherder 54 points55 points  (4 children)

    I read this in the most sarcastic tone I've ever read anything. Then I re-read it in a genuine voice. I know which one you meant, but I also know which one I prefer.

    [–]Igglyboo 2216 points2217 points  (472 children)

    tl;dr Be civil.

    [–]Philo_T_Farnsworth 2209 points2210 points  (279 children)

    tl;dr Be excellent to each other.

    [–]ipslne 260 points261 points  (159 children)

    Show some heart?






    [This was my elementary school mantra.]

    EDIT: yeup. SHEART.

    [–]sharkeishaNooo 256 points257 points  (47 children)

    Ours was R.E.S.P.E.C.T. The R stood for respect.

    [–]tolley 112 points113 points  (29 children)

    Awesome, a recursive motto

    [–]TeslaTorment 178 points179 points  (17 children)

    • Respect
    • rEspect
    • reSpect
    • resPect
    • respEct
    • respeCt
    • respecT

    [–][deleted] 99 points100 points  (3 children)

    • Gespect
    • rEspect
    • reNpect
    • resIect
    • respTct
    • respeAt
    • respecL

    [–]anonveggy 28 points29 points  (4 children)

    Being a computer science student disqualifies you from finding recursive things awesome. Admit it!

    [–]Toy_Cop 44 points45 points  (3 children)

    And party on dudes. - Abraham Lincoln

    [–]All_Business 276 points277 points  (59 children)

    tl;dr remember the Golden Rule, even online. Perhaps especially online.

    [–]autowikibot 262 points263 points  (37 children)

    Golden Rule:

    The Golden Rule or ethic of reciprocity is a maxim, ethical code or morality that essentially states either of the following:

    • One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself. (Positive form)

    • One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated (Negative form, also known as the Silver Rule) [citation needed].

    This concept describes a "reciprocal", or "two-way", relationship between one's self and others that involves both sides equally, and in a mutual fashion.

    This concept can be explained from the perspective of psychology, philosophy, sociology and religion. Psychologically, it involves a person empathizing with others. Philosophically, it involves a person perceiving their neighbor as also "an I" or "self." Sociologically, this principle is applicable between individuals, between groups, and also between individuals and groups. (For example, a person living by this rule treats all people with consideration, not just members of his or her in-group). Religion is an integral part of the history of this concept.

    As a concept, the Golden Rule has a history that long predates the term "Golden Rule", or "Golden law", as it was called from the 1670s. As a concept of "the ethic of reciprocity," it has its roots in a wide range of world cultures, and is a standard way that different cultures use to resolve conflicts. It has a long history, and a great number of prominent religious figures and philosophers have restated its reciprocal, "two-way" nature in various ways (not limited to the above forms).

    Rushworth Kidder notes that the Golden Rule can be found in the early contributions of Confucianism (551–479 BC). Kidder notes that this concept's framework appears prominently in many religions, including "Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, and the rest of the world's major religions". According to Greg M. Epstein, " 'do unto others' ... is a concept that essentially no religion misses entirely." Simon Blackburn also states that the Golden Rule can be "found in some form in almost every ethical tradition". All versions and forms of the proverbial Golden Rule have one aspect in common: they all demand that people treat others in a manner in which they themselves would like to be treated.

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    Interesting: That Golden Rule | Golden rule (law) | Golden Rule (album) | Golden Rule (fiscal policy)

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    [–]Seizure-Man 216 points217 points  (16 children)

    Well I guess not ALL of us are human.

    [–][deleted] 177 points178 points  (7 children)

    remember the autowikibot

    [–]nasher168 30 points31 points  (3 children)

    Wait, so does this mean we can abuse /u/autowikibot to our hearts' content?

    Hey autowikibot! You're a bastard! Yeah...

    [–]bahgheera 28 points29 points  (2 children)

    Hey autowikibot, you should see the size of the thumbdrive I just plugged in to your mom!

    [–][deleted] 18 points19 points  (1 child)

    Presumably it was the size of a thumb...?

    [–]techlos 23 points24 points  (0 children)

    smaller, actually. Technology has advanced a lot since they were invented!

    [–]Jalapen0s 257 points258 points  (28 children)

    tl;dr: "Go kill yourself" is not a valid argument.

    [–]Randolpho 91 points92 points  (12 children)

    Or, as /u/wil would say: "don't be a dick"

    [–]setmehigh 486 points487 points  (112 children)

    So, we're still allowed to abuse the bots, right?

    [–]cupcake1713[S] 464 points465 points  (68 children)

    Bots are our friends!

    [–]moejike 1197 points1198 points  (43 children)


    Holy Smokes! Thanks for the Gold!!

    [–]PhiladelphiaIrish 324 points325 points  (28 children)

    [–]neanderthalensis 255 points256 points  (21 children)

    Law states that the person who links to /r/retiredgif has to submit the link and link to the post. You can't just link to the subreddit, d00d.

    [–]airmandan 28 points29 points  (1 child)


    [–]robotortoise 92 points93 points  (14 children)

    I'm sorry, I didn't catch that. /u/Hearingaidbot, can you help?

    [–]hearingaid_bot 169 points170 points  (13 children)


    [–]robotortoise 83 points84 points  (12 children)

    Come again?

    [–]hearingaid_bot 109 points110 points  (10 children)


    [–]robotortoise 80 points81 points  (9 children)

    Seriously dude I can NOT understand you.

    [–]hearingaid_bot 86 points87 points  (7 children)


    [–]Pkmn_Trainer_Serena 65 points66 points  (21 children)

    Especially /u/cationbot

    Hate that guy.

    [–]CationBot 158 points159 points  (18 children)

    I made a comment here about it and it got removed...

    I think the admins don't like me much either. :/

    [–]snoharm 375 points376 points  (20 children)

    “Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies- God damn it, you've got to be kind.

    edited to correct Vonnegut quote

    [–]Jovianmoons 201 points202 points  (42 children)

    Once I made a throwaway account and posted to r/depression and poured out my heart and soul. You would be surprised how many vultures there were who actively encouraged me to end my life, in the last place I would have expected that to happen.

    [–]DownvoteDaemon 60 points61 points  (1 child)

    There are trolls and then there are the trolls so fucked up as to encourage suicide in a depressed person. That is some seriously bad karma.

    [–]gnomestress 103 points104 points  (7 children)

    I hope you're doing better.

    [–]Jovianmoons 69 points70 points  (6 children)

    We do our best with what we have.

    [–]_kellermensch_ 21 points22 points  (6 children)

    That must be some time ago. I'm pretty sure that sort of behaviour results in a ban, these days. I definitely (and fortunately) haven't seen anything of the sort around /r/depression since I subscribed to it (close to a year ago between this and my old account).

    I'm sorry that happened to you. It seems to be well-moderated and a decent place to exchange experiences and to vent, now.

    [–]The_Bravinator 19 points20 points  (5 children)

    Unfortunately I doubt there's a way to stop that happening via PM, which is the route most of those cowards are likely to take.

    [–]Sunfried 3808 points3809 points x2 (841 children)

    Things to remember:

    • The Maine
    • The Alamo
    • 9/11
    • Pearl Harbor (not the movie, forget the movie)
    • the Titans
    • the milk
    • the 5th of November
    • the human


    • the tooth! Remember the tooth, my Duke!

    Edit 2: Thank you for the Gold, both of you! I will NEVER FORGET!

    [–]poiuytrewqazxcvbnml 974 points975 points  (21 children)

    P Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney

    [–]anyakinskywalker 532 points533 points  (12 children)

    Holy crap... P. Sherman... Fisherman.

    [–]squirtbottle 257 points258 points  (1 child)

    Whelp that just blew my mind.

    [–]GrammerSnob 80 points81 points  (1 child)


    A lot of Filipinos who worked on the movie, and it's kind of a play on "fisherman" with a Filipino accent.

    [–]Trust_Me_Im_a_Panda 2674 points2675 points  (193 children)

    • Dre

    [–]Demitel 3312 points3313 points  (186 children)

    Oh, shit! I forgot about Dre!

    Edición: ¡Muchísimas gracias por el oro!

    [–]-wethegreenpeople- 764 points765 points  (166 children)

    Every one acting like they got something to say

    [–]tylatz 412 points413 points  (59 children)

    And Dr. Dre said ... nothin' you idiots. Dr. Dre's dead, he's locked in my basement.

    [–]kannon17 129 points130 points  (40 children)


    [–]FuckingQWOPguy 110 points111 points  (29 children)

    And Dr. Dre said, "Slim Shady, you a basehead!" Uh-uhhh! "So why's your face red? Man, you wasted!"

    [–]damndaewoo 80 points81 points  (25 children)

    Well, since age 12 I felt like I'm someone else, cause I hung my original self from the top bunk with a belt.

    [–]INVICTU5 9 points10 points  (18 children)

    Oh good. Someone got the unedited lyrics. I was scared for a second :P

    [–][deleted] 1503 points1504 points  (82 children)

    but vrtsdfhcgvesrd w4hrxd vw4esrdgf vwstrdbdfxchgb drtgv drfxcg bdrfxv serdgv rdexy5gsved gibberish htgvxdcgve5rsdhsgvsd jyrbxdfc hsrdxfc forgot about dre

    edit: great, one of my most voted posts is just bunch of gibberish, stop it! i don't want fame that way!

    [–]Abcdguy 603 points604 points  (47 children)

    But nuthin comes out when they move their lips, just a bunch of gibberish, you muthafuckas act like they forgot about Dre.

    Cmon that shits classic

    [–]jusksmit 701 points702 points  (81 children)

    [–]Cendeu 292 points293 points  (10 children)

    That was 2011?!

    What have I been doing with my life...?

    [–]thecoffee 107 points108 points  (3 children)

    ... Same thing you were doing in 2011?

    [–]Dininiful 18 points19 points  (1 child)

    You were here. With the rest of us.

    [–]XingsNoodleCrib 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    The same thing you were doing with your life every night Pinky....

    [–][deleted] 180 points181 points  (1 child)


    I've been on this website too damned long

    [–]jt895 90 points91 points  (43 children)

    That was before my time unfortunately......context?

    [–]fancycephalopod 262 points263 points  (30 children)

    It was that time there was a really tiny earthquake in Virginia. The media was freaking out over it, treating it like a national incident, but all it did basically was knock over a few lawn chairs.

    [–][deleted] 129 points130 points  (12 children)

    And damage the Washington Monument.

    [–]Lev_Astov 90 points91 points  (7 children)

    And the national cathedral and a whole host of other terribly constructed northeastern buildings.

    [–]LostxinthexMusic 31 points32 points  (3 children)

    terribly constructed

    i.e. Not designed to withstand seismic activity not known to happen in the area.

    [–]realnigga4lyfe 39 points40 points  (3 children)

    Ha I remember that, me and my friend were playing basketball at a fitness center, and we felt rumbling and heard some kid yell earthquake, but we thought he was just fucking around. Everyone was so worried but my friend and I had no idea what was going on and we kept playing until we were told to leave

    [–]AddictedToWeed 12 points13 points  (0 children)

    I grew up in the desert in SoCal, so many earthquakes, I came to enjoy them. Ended up getting shipped to Virginia for 10 years, 10 long years with no earthquakes. I finally moved back to the West Coast. On August 1, 2011. Missed the damn thing by a month. I was angry.

    [–]tahlyn 27 points28 points  (0 children)

    It was a big deal only because there just aren't earthquakes on the east coast (at least not like that). That was the biggest earthquake felt around here in 100 years. Yeah it was really minor as far as earthquakes go... but it was still kinda a big deal - it was novel, it was felt over a huge distance (tight packed stone meant it was felt from the Carolinas to Canada, an estimated 1/3rd of the entire US was in a place to feel it), and it actually caused a lot of damage (east coast masonry was never built to withstand earthquakes).

    [–][deleted] 46 points47 points  (12 children)

    [–]autowikibot 60 points61 points  (8 children)

    2011 Virginia earthquake:

    The 2011 Virginia Earthquake occurred on August 23, 2011, at 1:51 pm EDT (17:51 UTC) in the Piedmont region of the US state of Virginia. The epicenter, in Louisa County, was 38 mi (61 km) northwest of Richmond and 5 mi (8 km) south-southwest of the town of Mineral. It was an intraplate earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 and a maximum perceived intensity of VII (very strong) on the Mercalli intensity scale. Several aftershocks, ranging up to 4.5 Mw in magnitude, occurred after the main tremor.

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    [–]RememberTheLusitania 523 points524 points  (107 children)

    Ahem...I think you're forgetting something?

    [–]hoikarnage 501 points502 points  (38 children)

    It's best we forget about the Lusitania.

    [–]RememberTheLusitania 173 points174 points  (24 children)

    I'm going to read this is as generous an interpretation as possible.

    [–]Joeldvs 98 points99 points  (7 children)

    Ah ha! A world war 1 joke. Huzzah!

    [–]ChuckRagansBeard 16 points17 points  (0 children)

    If you love good ol' Great War humor then join us at /r/wwi!!!

    It's actually not a very funny place...so much death...so very much...and that's just the mods.

    [–]mcqueen33 169 points170 points  (8 children)

    Sarah Marshall?

    [–]Phaedrus85 30 points31 points  (13 children)

    To always blow on the pie

    [–]parion 350 points351 points  (9 children)

    Knock knock.

    Who's there?

    The human.

    The human who?

    You said you'd never forget!

    [–]outerdrive313 108 points109 points  (1 child)

    The Human

    2/24/2014 -


    [–]Cbg123 55 points56 points  (6 children)

    Are we human, or are we dancer?

    [–]olumide2000 68 points69 points  (9 children)

    A thousand deaths to Yueh!!!

    [–]aryaf 80 points81 points  (2 children)

    To leave notes.

    [–]Lenny_and_Carl 12 points13 points  (0 children)

    J. Walter Weatherman, the hero reddit needs

    [–]bobsil1 80 points81 points  (7 children)

    • to bring a towel

    [–][deleted] 104 points105 points  (5 children)

    • A Walk

    [–]CidO807 34 points35 points  (1 child)

    Who could ever forget Mandy Moore?

    [–]FeepingCreature 155 points156 points  (7 children)

    • the milk
    • the 5th of November
    • the 5th of November
    • the human


    [–]wazaaaaap 52 points53 points  (3 children)


    [–]oldprospector 14 points15 points  (0 children)

    The tooooth!

    [–]SoNotBeingSarcastic 104 points105 points  (18 children)

    • Cedric Diggory

    (I just finished GoF. Forgive me)

    [–][deleted]  (12 children)


      [–]pocketflaps 8 points9 points  (6 children)

      An ahm trying. I'm trying real hard to remember the human

      [–][deleted] 73 points74 points  (1 child)

      Damn it, Cho, just let it go already

      [–][deleted] 54 points55 points  (9 children)

      The 21st night of September.

      [–]RuprectGern 11 points12 points  (0 children)

      Holy shit! The tooth.

      [–]CanadianDave 145 points146 points  (12 children)

      This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill

      Fifteen percent concentrated power of will

      Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain

      And a hundred percent reason to remember the name

      [–]phyzome 31 points32 points  (0 children)

      • to floss

      [–]nhzkjd 11 points12 points  (0 children)

      Not Yueh! He was Imperially Conditioned!

      [–]fillydashon 36 points37 points  (13 children)

      What's the Maine? I know Maine is a state and all, but it doesn't usually have an article (like the Ukraine).

      [–]Sunfried 113 points114 points  (9 children)

      The USS Maine was a supply ship battleship that exploded in Havana Harbor (Cuba) in February 1898, and the American newspapers (and other political forces) used that event to start the Spanish-American War. Their slogan was "REMEMBER THE MAINE, TO HELL WITH SPAIN!"

      It's not known to this day whether it was actually an attack; the Maine was carrying lots of gunpowder at the time, and exploding was a risk in general.

      Also, apparently you're not supposed to say the Ukraine anymore. Just Ukraine.

      Edit: forgot that ships named after states are usually battleships, and indeed, so was the Maine. Added wikilink

      [–]thelastdeskontheleft 1108 points1109 points  (341 children)

      Unfortunately I think a big aspect of it comes down to the difference in tone between text and actual words spoken aloud.

      IRL you can tell the inflection that someone meant it by. Online you can only ASSUME the inflection and thus the tone of their comment. Generally we interpret comments online to be much more aggressive than they really are.

      I completely agree with the "don't be a keyboard warrior mentality" but it could also help if you took a second next time you were insulted or angered by some response to possibly look it over and try to imagine it in a tone that wouldn't be so offensive.

      Of course sometimes people are just pricks. Especially when there is little to no consequence. But a good bit of it is just chilling out.

      Edit: Thanks, only took 6 minutes for gold x-D

      Edit 2: RIP Inbox of my work account. Looks like I'm not getting anything done.

      [–]godmin 593 points594 points  (125 children)

      Something I like to do before posting a comment is imagine someone REALLY pissed off trying to read it, and get the most twisted, pessimistic view of what I said. That way I can tweak my words to avoid as much unnecessary criticism/misinterpretation as possible, and from my experience it really helps!


      [–]twinshock 844 points845 points  (79 children)

      what the fuck did you just call me?

      [–]godmin 352 points353 points  (55 children)

      A beautiful, unique little angel.

      [–]WhatTheFDR 438 points439 points  (10 children)

      Satan was a unique angel...are you implying /u/twinshock is Satan?

      [–]The_Actual_Devil 360 points361 points  (6 children)


      [–]Eaglezzz 45 points46 points  (1 child)

      unique? Are you saying there's something wrong with Satan?

      [–][deleted]  (18 children)


        [–]Juno_Malone 20 points21 points  (8 children)

        Hot damn that has a nice canter to it. Wait, is 'canter' even a term used to describe a poem?

        [–]orthogonius 32 points33 points  (2 children)

        I didn't look long, but I didn't find it used that way. 'Cadence' works well.

        [–]ActuallyGivesGold 103 points104 points  (14 children)

        [–]dav_9 11 points12 points  (4 children)

        How come your gif loads so fast but other gifs take eons to load? It's like the difference between playing a game at 60 fps vs. 1-2 fps.

        [–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (0 children)

        It's only 174kb in size and has only 99 frames. This is highly compressible since it doesn't have much movement, so there are less frames over a longer period of time than a normal gif of a normal video would have. And less diffs between frames means less size.

        [–]Fealiks 30 points31 points  (9 children)

        Just to throw out a counter-argument, I don't think putting yourself in such a dark frame of mind every time you comment can be good for you, and I don't think it's necessary. I think it's enough to just try to be mindful of how you're saying what you're saying (that way you don't come off as insincere or obsequious).

        We just have to remember that it isn't the end of the world if somebody takes your comment the wrong way, because you all you have to do is apologise. That's the hard part for most people; most people can manage politeness because there's some pride in "being the better man," but apologies require genuine humility.

        [–]godmin 9 points10 points  (1 child)

        In a sense you're right, there are times when you just need to apologize and clarify. However, I've learned through moderating an active subreddit that you need to be careful about what you say, and be able to word things in such a way that there's no room for misinterpretation. The last thing you want is to accidentally stab yourself (or even worse: another mod) in the foot, because the damage could take a long time to heal.

        [–]zigmus64 82 points83 points  (33 children)

        Not to mention body language. The majority of how we communicate with one another is through body language, as well as inflection. Words alone are a very small part of the whole picture.

        [–]Fealiks 49 points50 points  (16 children)

        I would argue that there's a bit of "body language" in the written word. Look at the changes in tone below:

        Careful what you wish for!!

        Careful what you wish for.

        careful what you wish for :p

        Unfortunately, there's a huge stigma over the use of emoticons (largely to do with snobbiness) so a lot of what the written word does have going for it gets lost because of the desire for a homogenous style.

        [–]7h3Hun73r 13 points14 points  (3 children)

        As a college guy with a penchant for sarcasm and a strange since of humor, I really wish I could end every text message in a smiley for this exact reason. But it tends to send girls the wrong message...

        [–]memento_amare 21 points22 points  (2 children)

        A frequently-used tactic is "haha" to soften tone. You can use it at the end of every text although I wouldn't quite recommend that haha

        [–]Unidan 143 points144 points  (39 children)


        For example, if I were to speak my lines out loud, my writing would read like the bitter, empty husk of what might-once-have-been-called-a-human that I really am! :D

        [–]loopmoploop 76 points77 points  (33 children)

        So if you really are a bitter, angry man, can I assume that this


        Is actually a portal to hell?

        [–]Unidan 122 points123 points  (32 children)

        I'm honestly not sure anymore. I came across a book recently, tattered and old, seemingly dated from the early 1900's. Inside, it was littered with an odd, repetitious symbol that I've transcribed here.

        The contents are a bit troubling, and I've had some success in pulling out latitudes and longitudes from the margins of the book, but I'm not quite comfortable releasing them yet.

        I haven't been able to reach my contact (who works in translations and various languages) over e-mail, but if anyone can forward it to his e-mail address (wrice@miskatonic.edu), I'd greatly appreciate it!

        I'm not quite sure what's wrong yet, I'm just worried that someone is going to get in trouble or hurt themselves.

        [–]existentialist_puppy 23 points24 points  (1 child)

        Are we witnessing a modern version of The Dunwich Horror with Unidan as a central figure?

        [–]AnneBancroftsGhost 44 points45 points  (18 children)

        What just happened?

        [–]Tushon 57 points58 points  (4 children)

        My guess is that /u/Unidan is trolling Professor Rice into getting hundreds of emails of a picture from random strangers on the internet.

        [–]TEARANUSSOREASSREKT 17 points18 points  (8 children)

        i'm so confused by his comment...

        [–]fuckChen 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        I see it as a question mark with arms.

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          [–]preggit 171 points172 points  (22 children)

          If anyone is interested in some light reading on this topic, cupcake is describing what is known as the 'Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory', also known by its much lamer name, the online disinhibition effect.

          [–]autowikibot 92 points93 points  (3 children)

          Online disinhibition effect:

          The online disinhibition effect is a loosening (or complete abandonment) of social restrictions and inhibitions that would otherwise be present in normal face-to-face interaction during interactions with others on the Internet. This effect is caused by many factors, including dissociative anonymity, invisibility, asynchronicity, solipsistic introjection, dissociative imagination, and minimization of authority.

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          [–]Gaywallet 34 points35 points  (7 children)

          I just assume everyone online is a drunk baby, and speak in a way that is appropriate and comprehensible to a drunk baby.

          [–]Flipperbw 16 points17 points  (2 children)

          I am a drunk baby and I cannot understand this.

          [–][deleted] 130 points131 points  (24 children)

          ITT: people who think they aren't part of the problem

          [–]TheRagingRavioli 62 points63 points  (8 children)

          tl;dr don't be a dick

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            [–]sandozguineapig 56 points57 points  (4 children)

            Thanks for being the person Mr. Rogers knew you could be!