ecology of cyberspace. Many flames are aimed at teaching someone something (usually in overstated language) or stopping them from doing
something (like offending other people). Flame messages often use
more brute force than is strictly necessary, but that's half the fun.
Netiquette does ask that you consider the
art of flaming before pulling
out the flame-thrower. Any wannabe with an email account can ignite a
firestorm of ill-conceived and boring flames. It takes diligence and creativity to pull off an artful flame. Who knows -- if your flame is good
enough, you might even make it into the
Hall of Flame (see
newsgroups" on page 79).
Choose your flames well
If you must flame, don't flame gratuitously. Choose your target with
care. In other words, hold back on flaming the newcomer to a discussion group who asks a dumb question. Or the prophet of doom who
posts his "the end is near" message to the entire USENET newsgroup
hierarchy. (Endnote #14) In addition, think twice before flaming the
gurus on the net.
This won't earn you popularity points and, most likely, the guru will
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