Take a look at this CBC item from 1993, when the internet first became a cultural space. Quote:
There's an interesting kind of restraint that you find. I mean, there's not a lot of cursing or swearing, there's not a lot of personal cuts, there's not a lot of put-downs that one would expect to find. It's not screenfuls of "Go to hell," which is surprising. So the liberation is mixed. It's interesting because one would think it you're anonymous you'd do anything you want. But people in a group have their own sense of community and what we can do.