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Growly
02-04-2004, 09:21 PM
Where'd this "flaming" on forums business start??

What relevance is there between flaming and forums?

Just wondering....

(Flaming this topic would be most immature)

whiskeytangofoxtrot
02-04-2004, 11:40 PM
Try define: flame (http://www.google.co.nz/search?q=define%3A+flame&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&btnG=Google+Search&meta=) in Google.

The definitions are loose and varied, essentially it's just a term for an argument, usually that gets out of hand.

Originally I believe it was primarily used in newgroups and e-mail, it's just another term bandied about.

bmason
03-04-2004, 01:06 AM
There is a definition here (http://www.everything2.org/index.pl?node=flame).

Graham L
03-04-2004, 03:01 PM
It started in the newsgroups. It was regarded as bad right from the beinning. The problem was worst in September, when the new lot of students at US universities were given their Internet access. It died down reasonably quickly when they realised that their professors read the same newsgroups. ;-)

Because some were no longer students, social pressure led to the starting of newsgroups dedicated to flaming (try alt.flame) . With slow links universal, and disk space for newsgroups expensive, flaming made other users and system administrators angry.

I suppose it's worse now, before there are more around who are prepared to engage in immature idiotic behaviour, when they are "protected" by hiding behind pseudonyms. In the old days, you signed posts with your name and email address. Of course, a pseudonym isn't much protection ... ;-)