They Have To Be Monsters

Jeff Atwood writes on his blog Coding Horror about people who are awful to others on the internet. Atwood challenges us to think deeply about why folks act in such horrible ways and whether sometimes the monsters are closer to home than we think.

Atwood has had a leading hand in both StackOverflow and Discourse – two extremely popular web apps that facilitate mature and productive conversation.

While Atwood is a programmer and his blog is generally about programming, this article is about the human rather than technical aspects of creating a compassionate society.