– Flame Wars, Part 1 – Definition
If you don’t know what flame war means, here’s the definition…
- A flamewar is a prolonged exchange of deliberately hostile messages over the Internet.
- An Internet user typically generates a flame response to other posts or users posting on a site, and is usually not constructive, does not clarify a discussion, and does not persuade others. Sometimes, flamers attempt to assert their authority, or establish a position of superiority over other users. Other times, a flamer is simply an individual who believes he or she carries the only valid opinion. This leads him or her to personally attack those who disagree. Occasionally, flamers wish to upset and offend other members of the forum, in which case they can be called “trolls“.
Even though the definition emphasize more on forums and IRC, we (bloggers) know that it happens far too often on our personal and commercial blogs.
The usual unnecessary hostilities:
– “You Suck!” , “You can’t spell for nuts sake!”
– “OMG! You are fuking ugly!”, “Damn, You are fat!”
– “Your posts are FUKing boring!”
– Attacking the Govt in comments (which i’ve experienced that)
and so on.
Reasons to why ‘trolls’ attack:
- They have got nothing better to do.
- They know you on a personal level and have been looking for a good opportunity to hurl abuses at you online.
- They are extremely unhappy with their own life and would LOVE to see everyone else feel upset.
- In need of attention, which they lack on a daily basis.
- Lacking the guts to insult you face-to-face, knowing they’ll definitely lose because they aren’t that well-loved like you are.
- Hurling abuses at you EXCITES them, probably in a mental and sexual way… *roll eyes*
- All of the above.
In short – A bunch of insanely free souls with issues, enjoy attention and provoking others, on a prolonged basis.
Part 2 – Countering Flame Wars
Links and definitions from Wikipedia, my fav. online encyclopedia 🙂
Post inspired by Viki and her insanely-free stalker type ‘troll’, constantly commenting on her tagboard.
See ‘Disclaimer‘ before commenting, insulting and flame-waring.