I agree that daily life probably is a source of much of the anger going on.
We all get angry sometimes.
I agree that we should try to keep our cool when debating rather than going directly into insulting others personally and calling them names etc.
I do enjoy debate opponents who focus on the issues, and actually I friend many people I disagree with who I feel, prove me wrong or teach me new
things. Exampe : Phage, Chad, etc. They have taught me a lot of things and for this I friend them, even if I initially disagreed with them.
Skilled debaters like that are rare but very fun to engage with.
I do feel that a lot of people misperceive a disagreement as "anger" in a lot of cases. And insults are not always angry, but they usually are
ignorant and uncalled for.
For example a previous thread I wrote (that I didn't expect to get any attention but somehow turned into a heated debate LOL!); I was merely
defending the rights of humans, and many people automatically assumed I was promoting those things. Which I was not promoting anything other than
Freedom. (I was speaking in relation to a hypothetical real life situation rather than Internet issues per se).
The way I see it though, is that people who respond angrily and insultingly towards someone they disagree with, shoot themselves in the foot
essentially. Their arguments are defeated before they even get started. And the posters who keep their cool and debate intelligently almost always
win. By default.
Also they are in danger of the Ban Hammer. Which I am sad they put themselves in that position. I don't like seeing people get the boot, but I
understand exactly why the T+C of ATS are here, and I do not feel pity when people break them and end up banned.
That's how the cookie crumbles I suppose lol.
But yes I personally would like to see people chill out more. I won't force them to, but I will kindly ask that everyone treat each other
respectfully and debate accordingly.