[MUD-Dev] Expected value and standard deviation.

Tom Tom
Sat Dec 20 11:19:38 New Zealand Daylight Time 2003


From: gbtmud <gbtmud at hotmail.com>
> Ola Fosheim Grøstad [mailto:olag at ifi.uio.no] wrote:

>> There is no reason to believe that humans in online worlds are
>> significantly different than humans in the physical world. Is
>> there?

> On the contrary. It is well known that people on the net tend to
> be less constrained by the regular rules of conduct since they
> cannot be held accountable because of the nature of the
> medium. This tends to lead toward more aggressive behaviour, at
> least in my experience.

I'll attest to this. One of my 'other hats' is an an operator on
QuakeNet (world's largest IRC network), and the difference in
attitude displayed by people between them thinking they are
anonymous and them knowing they can be identified is enormous.

Regards,
Tom "cro" Gordon
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