I think my propensity toward the rigors of mathematics and logic has influenced me to approach our hobby with an intensity that can be misconstrued when computer screens stand in the way. That being said, I admit that I have always struggled with reading too much into things and letting my emotions get the best of me in the face of opposition. Since I began discussing record collecting online about six years ago though, I have become increasingly aware of an unofficial Internet code of conduct called “netiquette” and have accordingly worked to be cordial, reasonable, and impersonal in my online engagements.
I often wonder: Would someone project such a hostile, condescending tone in person? I also wonder if our knowledge that “everyone is watching” — the case in comments sections and forums — can sometimes influence us to argue more defensibly and with a greater sense of pride than we might one-on-one. This is why I prefer email to public discourse, and if anyone wants to get in touch with me, my email address is on the About page.
In closing, I would like to include two key points from the Encyclopedia Britannica article on netiquette as a reminder of best practices when communicating on the Internet:
Thanks to all the readers of Deep Groove Mono who have maintained a friendly, polite tone in their correspondence even in instances of disagreement, and my apologies that our future communications must now be made via email.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get back to the records. There’s a new batch of Vinyl Spotlight posts coming right up so stay tuned!