I’ve been doing a lot of trading on SwapaDVD over the past few months. I’ve been able to get rid of DVDs I don’t like and stuff that I’ve upgraded to Blu Ray for so it’s been a good site. The way it works is someone requests a DVD from me then I mail it to them. In exchange I get a credit good for one disc. I can use that credit to order a DVD from someone else. It goes on and on. Once you receive a DVD, you go to the site to mark it received in order to give the sender credit for it.

Recently I ordered a copy of Year of the Dragon starring Mickey Rourke. After I hadn’t received the disc for awhile, the sender sent me the following private message:

HI JAMES

YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED THE DVD YEAR OF THE DRAGON BY NOW, PLEASE CHECK YOUR MAILBOX, AND MARK RECEIVE SO THAT I CAN GET MY CREDIT.

THANKS

Needless to say, I was slightly offended. First of all, there’s no need to yell. We can settle our differences in a civil manner. Secondly, I know how the site works and I know how to check my mailbox. There’s no need to tell me how to do this. I got it. It just so happened that I was able to get to my PO Box the next day and the DVD was there. I sent the following message back.

Thank you for the reminder, Pat, but as you saw by my address, this was sent to a PO Box. Unfortunately with my current schedule I am unable to get the post office during operating hours throughout the week. As a result I am only able to check the PO Box on Saturdays. I just did and your DVD arrived safe and sound.

PS: When you write in all caps on the Internet it means you’re yelling.

Have a blessed day.

James.

I figured that would be the end of it. I can go on with my DVD in hand and continue doing whatever I was doing while this other guy could get his credit and maybe have a little food for thought when dealing with other people on the Internet in the future. Then two days later I receive the following:

James
thanks for the tip! and now,

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU !

Did I do the impossible? Did I actually teach someone that types in all caps that it’s rude to type in all caps? Did I make a change? I like to think so. I also like to think that the Internet is a better place because of it. You’re welcome, Internet.

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