The Causes of
Flame Wars | Profiling Flamers
flame ~ n.
insulting criticism or remark meant to incite anger
Flaming is one
of the curses of the internet - and yet how many people who have ever joined in
a discussion can say they have never flamed - or at least been tempted? First,
you read something really stupid, then you think of a neat response ... before
you can say "What have I done?" the message has been posted; you are in a Flame
War (see Definitions).
Flame wars can
take place in any news group, and even on mailing lists. Anywhere with an audience,
really. The serious stuff occurs in alt.flame and other reserved sites;
if the war hots up in your group, you can always cross roast to them (see Definitions). But that is for the
experts: either lurk in the background for a while or prepare to be bruised.
page is aimed at the amateur - people who want to join online discussion, but
are continually frustrated by some of the terminal idiots who just will not go
away. Flame Wars are easy to fall into, this page may help you through the pain
that surely follows.
You will find Definitions and examples, but most
of all, you will find the basic rules for survival.
One of the early influences
in my life on the internet was The Twelve Commandments of Flaming,
which appears all over the place. You may recognise some of the twelve on this
Sign wrote: "In case no one else is taking the time to do so. I just
wanted to say thanks for your writing on trolls."
Trollminator says: "your advice works - I've been battling two very persistent trolls ...
Arno Wrote: "Thanks for this extremely
useful and elaborate site. It is written in a clear and (not too) lighthearted way, and the writer(s)
are not afraid to use humour.