How'd you learn to communicate online? Back in 1996 I actually took a class called, "Anatomy of a Virtual Community." The idea was to figure out how and why online communities ticked. Of course, half the class at that time didn't have an email account, let alone a 14.4k modem, so... it sucked. However, I had a 28k modem and was on some IRC where we talked politics and music. And the folks who chatted w/me were smart cookies. Articulate, too. So there was no LOL, BRB, WTF or other abbreviated loser nonsense. But these days, even my best friend slips into LOL crap. Do people not realize how... um... effing stupid that mode of communicating makes them sound? Like, even if you make the best damn point in the history of teh internets, a single "LOL" makes others think you're a stopped clock.
But somehow, people just never get told any of this and never figure it out on their own. Like our COTD award winner. Sweet cherry pie Murliee asked y'all what your favorite Malaise Era import is. And DWMILLER answered: