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Old 01-11-2012, 03:45 PM   #4
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,318
Re: Request for Civil and Respectful Conduct

Once upon a time, the internet was its own little world. You could say whatever you wanted, be whoever you wanted, and be reasonably confident that your online life could remain separate from your real world life.

That is no longer true. Just about everyone is on the internet now, and most people are reasonably sophisticated about connecting online personae to actual people.

The aikido community in particular is fairly small. There's a very good chance that anyone you meet online has some sort of connection to your dojo, your teacher, his teacher, or someone else whose opinion matters to you. Saying things online that you would be unwilling to say to a person's face is probably not a great strategy.

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