[MUD-Dev] Expected value and standard deviation.

Roger Hicks pidgepot at hotpop.com
Mon Dec 29 16:32:42 New Zealand Daylight Time 2003

Simon Fairfax 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.

Actually, I think overall the anonymous nature of the internet
amplifies the character of the individuals participating. So the
generous become more generous, and the cruel become more cruel. It
draws out your true character.

OK, that's more philosophical than practical but you get the idea.

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