If you've spent more than a few minutes on the internet, you've probably seen your share of negativity and malice posted anonymously (or not) from one stranger to another.
There's nothing wrong with a little civil disagreement, but unsubstantiated animosity does nothing but detract from constructive conversations.
With that in mind, I'd like to present pauljones with the award for Conversation Of The Day, who articulated something we should all consider as we participate in discussions on this and other websites:
The key is to take it in stride, realize that this is the internet, and keep your cool. If you find that you're in a discussion which you feel isn't going anywhere, respectfully disengage, just as you would here on Jalopnik.
That's the key takeaway, and further light is shed in the rest of the statement defending our sister site Jezebel after it was described as "in fact, discriminative" in this comment on today's Morning Shift.