I never quite got why some people seem to have a need to be abusive and obnoxious when playing online games. I encounter it every day - some form of verbal offense, people badmouthing each other, mocking other players and whatnot... I really don't get it. What good comes of it?
Apparantly, trying to make other people feel bad must feel like having some kind of power over them... Not the case though, there is nothing powerful about sitting behind a computer screen typing a lot of bollocks into public chat. The only thing you're gonna achieve by abusive behaviour is usually a report and then a GM dropping by, pointing a finger at you. If you're really unlucky, you might end up getting banned. So why not just be nice? Here's the catch i guess; not everyone sees it as a beneficial thing to be nice, pleasant and polite; it's more fun to act as complete twats. Not that being a twat ever got anyone anywhere and especially not ingame besides someone's ignore list. Just a little something to keep in mind...
So yeah, online bullies do annoy me. Is it cool to badmouth someone you know can't do anything about it? I call that cowardice and childish... And also a waste of chat space.
I always found it more rewarding to be polite and nice towards other players I encounter, to help people out and show some common courtesy at least. This way, I know that I am contributing to making it just a little bit more pleasant for other players. And as the saying goes; what goes around comes around. In most cases, this is true. People I help out are usually more inclined to help me out if I'd need it. And vice versa. No one likes an ass hat... Also, by being just a wee bit nicer, you help create a better gaming environment. It doesn't take much more than a please, thank you and some decency. Sadly, there seems to be a general lack of decency about; luckily it's never too late to do something about it. Every little helps as they say, and by being polite and adding a smile behind a question or reply really makes the gaming experience a whole lot better. At least for my own part and I believe more people would agree.
So don't be an online bully, cause it's not cool. Spread some love instead. :P