Online conversation etiquette

I recently came across a great comment by Bruce Fenton (Bitcoin Foundation Director) regarding online conversation in Bitcoin community. His comment could be applied to any other communities. He basically said: Bitcoin people in person are the greatest people in the world. Bitcoin people online are the worst people in the world. The takeaway lesson is, when engaging in conversations over Internet, think of the human being behind those posts. Would you do the same if that human being is standing in front of you, and not behind a monitor screen? Don’t assume the worst of people for the sake of arguments. Here is his full comment (when someone was asking where is Gregory Maxwell): No first hand knowledge at all but I heard he got tired of online attacks and, at least temporarily, bowed out of some things. If correct, this isn’t shocking. The online attacks in Bitcoin circles are very sad and toxic. I’d really urge everyone to remember that real humans are behind these things. If you are arguing with someone think of the person separately from the argument. Don’t think of Greg Maxwell as a sharp tounged guy who took your argument apart – think of him as a cool guy with tons of common interests who is an active contributor to Wikipedia and who collects fascinating photos online. Think of Gavin not as some villain of blocksize debates but as a father of a beautiful family in a small New England college town, a guy who came in to this very early and has done a whole lot of work for less pay than he could have gotten from 100 other options. Think of Brian Armstrong not as a guy trying to screw the world with overbearing compliance procedures, he’s a guy trying to build a