RB seems to have mellowed out with the online stuff a lot to me. He hasn't violated the mod policy with any severity since he's been back. People who take online stuff into RL have some mental illness, I'm convinced. It's an exchange of ideas, flames, insults, whatever. It's just entertainment. Without the forum you probably wouldn't even be communicating with each other at all.
I don't tend to get obsessed with other people. I mean, maybe drunk in the short-term I'll go on about your Canadianness or whatever, but I'm not obsessed with anyone one the boards. Once on usenet I had a stalker who started to really get to me.
UFC is a different matter. If what's being reported is true, that he beat up ATD in real life, that's some alarming stuff right there. I know he was supposed to meet Wawa at the Goose and Duck at one time too, but it never panned out. Well, the board is open so he is welcome to come on here and clarify himself. I got into a similar situation with Johny Laowai on TBJ, and I showed... but he didn't it.
It retrospect though, it's all really dumb, letting online stuff get to you that much. That's all energy that could be put to much better use. I've been addicted to forum flaming and trolling since the internet first went mainstream... and I was even messing around with it on direct dial boards and Uni ARPANETs before 1994. From 95 to 98 it just exploded. Trolling isn't as much fun now.
There are different kinds of trolls. Many are just nasty shit stirrers. I was what's known as a "Loki Troll," meaning I was just in it for the humor. It's hard to effectively troll anywhere now though, everyone's too savvy and it's difficult to get strong reactions out of people, no matter what's been said.