[Air-l] Reflections on flame wars.
jhuns at vt.edu
Thu Jan 17 05:44:21 PST 2002
robert m. tynes wrote:
>In order to refine/re-morph our *flaming* definition a bit more(focusing
>in on motivations), I'd like to offer this query:
>When is the following (see below) a flame, a typo,
>gibberish, or a joke?
it depends a bit, but i would say this is a joke, changing the 'o' to an
asterix and keeping the inverted parentheses would have been a flame to
me or could have generated a flame from me, because that has certain
meanings in certain arenas that I am familiar. Of course the above
might have other meanings in different contexts that I am not familiar
with and could generate a flame from others.
I think that sometimes we might be thinking of flaming in a negative
context though, it can be, but really for some it is a highly polished
artform which has a variety of social purposes. It takes a certain
skill with words to generate an applicable insult, and that should be
appreciated for what it is sometimes, but also it can be appreciated as
a way of normalizing a channel or newsgroup, etc.
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