Is there a dissonance between your off-forum character and your online character? The question came to me reading a thread. Do we behave differently here than in a real life, face to face discussion? I do. I'm much more restrained here than I am in real life Seriously, I am. I'm quite an impulsive person and I've been in situations face to face where I have been quite cutting and combative in discussions (but not making it personal). But that could be because I used to work for our union and had to do a lot of face to face discussions with politically powerful people and being combative was a requirement of the job (as was knowing when to concede or to reach an agreement, after all the discussion is just a means to an end). I find that a forum makes me think before I spray at someone. Having said that I know I can be a bit cranky here as well, I'm no saint I know that. So what about you? Is there a dissonance between your personalities?