It depends on how you phrase things and the questions you ask. If you ask stupid stuff, people will react accordingly. Basically, the site kinda mirrors what you do. I am not always nice either, but most of the time I am. Name-calling is useless, so I tend to avoid resorting to that too. I would be lying if I didn't admit that I can be pretty judgmental when people's behavior counteracts with my core values and morality, though.
Sometimes there are a few fem-anons who ask some weird question like is it okay if I am a single mother with 3 children at the age of 17 and then you're like dude, that is really not cool if you can't provide financial security and then they act as if you questioned their sanity and life and everything and they lash out on you like nothing else because what they looked for is affirmation, not actually valid opinions. They for example certainly aren't nice, they indeed tend to be kinda crazy. Like the girl who was asking "how to navigate as a dignified virgin in a sex-saturated society", and @MaskedSanity or @MaskOfInsanity (one of them) gave totally reasonable responses that disagreed with that kind of view, and it is hard to imagine the bitching that ensued, haha.
But yeah, I would say the site is fairly reasonable. People react harshly only to harshness.
Depending on the topics you get into some people can get into some nasty stuff. Like if you pop into a religion/atheist topic you'll see some arguing and stuff there. But simply not bothering with those kinds of topics will save you a lot of time. There's a mix of people everywhere.
Because we have no reason to be a jerk if we are a jerk we don't get votes or MH. Although I have showed some people judgment and disrespect when it was needed to make a point. The more nice we are the more points we get and everyone loves getting points no matter what situation.
The site is more like a community, most people who stay are here often to socialise and are therefore friendly to others on the site and newcomers. Whereas public is just everyone social and unsocial, in saying that people who take time out to give others advice must have some good nature to do so...
It's funny, because I think a LOT of people would claim the opposite, and say that the people here tend to be meaner and colder than those they encounter in daily life.
Me personally, I don't think there's that much of a difference at all. Just like in my daily life, I see that some people here are truly beautiful and special, some people here hover somewhere in the middle, and others here can be pretty ugly.
It sounds to me like you've found some of the really good ones and have avoided the nasty people, and for that I say "good for you!". Keep on doing that, it'll serve you well! :-)
You're probably encountering people on the streets in bad moods. I'm not really sure. There's tons of people not giving their opinion on here "dodging questions" while the ones that agree with you are more likely to answer. I would think people would do that in real life though too in different ways though.
Maybe its just luck? Prolly because of what this site is about, now if it was a debate site or like 4chan, or youtube, or something then I bet people will be less than pleasant. Where do you live? I have been many places in this world (Navy) and even in america and i can say that people from the south are waaaay nicer that people up north.
Because this whole website is just a bunch of bullshit. The answers people give are mostly complete bullshit. The majority of gag probably aren't who they say they are. They're lonely people that have found this website where they can pretend to be someone else with a better life, where they can hide their flaws. And who can blame them for wanting that?
There are definitely some great GAGers, people who are here to help others. They genuinely want to help, and it's wonderful when you get advice that you'd never even thought of or considered before, something completely new, that makes sense. I love those moments.