Anonymity isn’t the only reason the internet is quarrelsome.
Anonymity matters, of course. Even on an onymous site like this one we’re still effectively anonymous and we act like it (I met an onymous commenter over the weekend who said I usually fight with him on the blog; meeting him in person, I felt bad that I had).
But anonymity isn’t the only reason. Losing sleep makes you grumpy. Does Bloggernacle and internet participation correlate with loss of sleep? If my own experience is any guide, it does.
If we weren’t an international site, we would probably do ourselves and you a favor if we instituted a curfew. Instead we’ll have to rely on individual self-control. That weak reed.
P.P.S. I’ve got a post that will appear late tonight but I swear I wrote it early this morning.