I don't really like rules and I'm not much for people telling me that there's a certain way I need to behave. I'm fairly capable of making my own decisions...or at least living with the consequences.
So, organizations like Civilination leave me feeling ambivalent. Their mission:
"to foster an online culture where every person can freely participate in a democratic, open, rational and truth-based exchange of ideas and information, without fear or threat of being the target of unwarranted abuse, harassment, or lies."
They seem a bit like government programs where the aim is to legislate common sense or kindness or respect. I applaud the effort, but I get a flash of Orwell even though the intentions are admirable.
Maybe you think I'm a misanthrope. Maybe you think I'm a heartless jerk. Maybe you think I'm an asshole and want to tell me that with an anonymous comment. I'm prepared for all of those reactions and feel quite ready to handle them all, which is why I feel that Civilination is a bit overwrought.