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Tue., May 11, 2010, 8:12 a.m.

Melissa: Why Are People Mean Online?

"I've never been one who's afraid of speaking his mind," explains Rick Lloyd. Lloyd is our most frequent commenter. He's added his opinion on more than 300 times. He's a news junkie and loves the debate. He says it helps people feel like they're part of the news affecting our community. And, he acknowledges, sometimes it's easier to be honest when people can't see your face. But, he also sees the downside. "You can character assasinate a person or an issue at lightspeed. Anonymously. That is probably the biggest drawback of all," says Lloyd. To Lloyd's credit, he always posts his name. Which is why I was able to determine it was he who leveled that particularly scathing response to last week's Good QuestionMelissa Luck, KXLY4. More here (w/video).

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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