The Internet has always been known as a lawless frontier town since its inception. Ideas, from the tame to the scandalous and wicked, are traded about. You could find near anything from a recipe to how to build pipe bombs all at your fingertips.
It grew from BBS and telnets, and whatever fancy name for chat rooms to webpages, to blogs to this monolith of freedom without the restrictions of location or ability. As long as you had a computer and Internet, you were golden. Over time, even the poorest could either own or find access to a computer making this place accessible to nearly everyone.
Over time, this lawless land came under scrutiny as laws came down trying to police what seemed to be unpoliceable. Laws passed banning the trafficking of certain things by penalty of tracking IP addresses. Some heavy handed laws like SOPA tried to gain traction.
Some merry pranksters turned vigilantes like Anonymous took it upon themselves to police the net. Certain rules online over the years as hard and fast as many were took hold. Etiquette and expectations cropped in to varying degrees. But certain rules, no matter how depraved the hive of scum and villainy you find yourself on, apply:
Poe’s Law: "It is impossible to create a parody of fundamentalism that will not be mistaken for the real thing."
Danth's Law: "If you have to insist you've won an argument on the Internet, you have lost and probably badly."
Skitt’s Law: "Any post correcting an error will have at least one error itself."
There are many more rules like my all-time favorites: 34, 35 and 63. If it exists, there is porn of it, if there isn’t porn of it, it will be made and if it exists, it shall be gender swapped. No exceptions. The Internet, even with rules, somehow still ends up lawless.