a certainty I will get flamed on RGP for mentioning
the negative aspects here, because some RGP denizens
get highly defensive about the group. Saying something
bad about their discussion group is, to these Internet-focused
souls, no different from saying something bad about
them, even though the difference should seem obvious.
The newsgroup has quite literally become their life's
individuals can post anonymously on RGP, the posters
are safely hidden behind their screen names and keyboards.
A vocal minority act both brave and tough when the
reality is that by posting anonymously and irresponsibly,
they are proving that they are precisely the opposite.
Once you realize this, you can develop a thick skin
and accept the forum for what it is, taking the bad
along with the good.