I've just finished having a very interesting and also frustrating conversation with some of you folks from Australia. | was about to go to bed over here in Canada when I accidentally stumbled across the Ning chat room and realized that there was a very active chat going on at that moment. From my perspective (as someone who did not know the people chatting) it looked like a bunch of students writing hello to each other in a number of different ways, except that occasionally there were comments that were from my perspective quite rude and abusive. So I decided to join the chat and was immediately frustrated to see how stuffy and judgmental I sounded. I was hammering away at my keyboard trying to figure out how to put in writing what I could do in seconds in person, and hoping I wouldn't alienate you all in the process. While I was writing, the comment that I got most in reply was the Australian equivalent of 'we were just joking around'. So I thought I would start this discussion and see if anyone was interested in continuing this conversation. Digital Etiquette members? Anyone?