Generally I get on well with people who I have conflicting views with on-line. It is a simple matter of showing respect and not being a pushy arse. But how well do we think we would get on in the real world? This is not a suggestion to meet up with those folks from Hubris/Cabal/Spinsanity/Living in the real World/etc., I am just wondering what you folks think about the prospect of meeting the people you are 'talking' to everyday. Would it be a positive experience or do you fear that it would damage/destroy your online experience? It's an interesting question, I think.
I know that some people ridicule the notion of posters and commentators wishing to meet up (e.g. JeffG at proteinwisdom in reference to the Eschacon, even after it was explained to him that it wasn't a round of sycophantic arse kissing) but I don't see why, unless it is some inherent fear of how that would affect the blogging/blog reading experience.
As I said this isn't an invite, just a question to find out your attitudes to how you separate your on-line life with your 'real' life. Though my wife and I do have spare rooms, so if any of you yanks happen to be in the north of England in the future stay the hell away from my house, otherwise I'll set the dogs on you!