Mark Shea has an interesting post up related to the logical fallacy and sin of ad hominem arguments, and how we quite often in an internet flame war treat the other side as not a human being, but as an object. I know I do this quite often; my intent in arguing online is often not for the person I'm arguing against (as I know I'll never convert anybody anyway) but rather so that lurkers (in old usenet slang, a lurker is somebody reading a flame war but not participating themselves) get both sides of the argument fleshed out as completely as possible.
To do this, I often take the role of the crazy boy against the bully. NEVER take one of my arguments online personally- they aren't intended for you alone; they are intended to make others think. If by some miracle I make you think as well, then fine and dandy, but that's not my purpose.
That, in combination with the need for more time to do what I need to do and the lack of odd spam in eastern pictographic character sets as of late, is the reason I have now turned off moderation. This means I won't be answering topics as quickly- but perhaps, just perhaps, I'll be answering them a bit more sanely. Or insanely, as the case may be.