it's funny how people online will see two friends talking and joking with each other and go "oh ok, i'm going to talk that way to complete strangers!"

like every online relationship isn't on the same level

don't be joke-mean with strangers. don't be even mildly sexual with strangers. don't reply to a total stranger just to tell them you don't like the hobby or piece of media or whatever they're talking about. don't start DMing a stranger with your unsolicited opinions. you wouldn't do that in the real world right, just go up to a stranger and be weird?

and again, don't be sexual with strangers. you can't just assume what someone's boundaries are

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@em i like to be sincere kind to strangers, here and offline


@meena hell yeah! and i absolutely don't mind replies from strangers if they're nice and respectful and all, i mean otherwise how are you gonna meet new people?

@em i am over thirty, so, game over?!

however, i have a baby — and that's like having a cute puppy: it's almost like cheating at getting to talk to people, or defusing tense situations

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