and other Internet "communities"
, a certain age has (or should have) a different meaning. At first, when I got on Everything and read a public display of angst
through a writeup of histrionic poetry or a personal story about the anguish a particular noder feels because they'll never again sleep with their ex-girlfriend, I reached for my downvote
. It all struck me as being, well, adolescent
Then one day I realized that these writeups were being written by adolescents! That changed my whole attitude. There is a certain age during which it is entirely normal to put one's angst on display for anonymous viewing. When I was 15, I would have been posting very similar things.
So when I read a bad poem or a public musing about the nature of commitment, I do what I can to find out the age of the writer. And, if they're noders of a certain age, I keep finger off the voting button.