I learned a long time ago in my life this expression…”It only takes one AH, SHIT to wipe out one thousand ATTA BOY” and that it is very true across a multitude of subjects. Recently, vaping has become my main subject of interest. Of course I jump on the internet start searching for information about every aspect of vaping. I have searched for everything from devices, vendors, DIY, reviewers (blog and YouTube), and reviews of the reviewers. This has bought me into a lot of information. So much information and in different formats; Facebook, Twitter, blogs, Google, message boards and combinations of all or just a mixture of a few. Although the “Ah, Shit” rule is old it still applies to the ever evolving internet. So even though that momentary twinge or minute of irritation will pass, you have already typed a response and hit enter (or post, reply, whatever) to what it is or who it is that is irritating you. You probably did not take the time to check for spelling, grammar or any other issues that many people will turn around and use to judge your intelligence. Personally I am guilty of judging people based on what is typed and presented, but I am not a “Grammar Nazi”. I do not use it against you in an internet war, but it is still there in my head spinning around. I am aware of my own issues and working on it, as I too am guilty of rapidly typing a response and attacking or ranting about whatever. I realize that everyone makes mistakes or “hits the Enter key” too soon. I also realize that the internet is not like writing on a piece of paper with a pencil; there is no eraser. Once something is out there, it is out there forever. This instant internet judgement comes along a long time after the “Ah, Shit” rule and a long time before personal computers. Strangely, I find that the “Ah, Shit” rule still applies even in today’s fast technology and that “too late to take it back” still applies. So what am I getting at? Two things; 1) Vaping is the ‘new kid on the block’ and there are websites of all types proposing to know everything or sell everything available to vapers. There are multiple points of view of almost every topic concerning vaping. Everyone seems to think that their point of view is the correct point of view and this can lead to internet wars. Just a note: There are no winners of an internet war. 2) That we all make mistakes. We all “hit the Enter key”. It is hard enough for people to communicate and be understood verbally in a single language. We do not have the added use of sight and sound to help us understand the “speaker” over the internet. Add in multiple dialects, different country dialects and languages and we have a nightmare of communication issues. The only thing we can do is to move forward, keep our heads up and realize that the last thing on the internet that pissed us off was mostly likely not aimed at us directly or was an internet miscommunication. So please think twice before firing off the latest rant. By all means rant away, but think twice before “hitting the Enter key”. You could have contributed 1000 great, informative and inspirational posts/articles, but that one “Ah, Shit” post that attacks someone is the post you will be remembered for.