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Xanthine

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Icon 1 posted January 26, 2006 19:43      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I saw this somewhere else and couldn't resist.

The Twelve Rules of Flaming


1. Make things up about your opponent: It's important to make your lies sound true. Preface your argument with the word "clearly." "Clearly, Fred Flooney is a liar, and a dirtball to boot."

2. Be an armchair psychologist: You're a smart person. You've heard of Freud. You took a psychology course in college. Clearly, you're qualified to psychoanalyze your opponent. "Polly Purebread, by using the word 'zucchini' in her posting, shows she has a bad case of penis envy."

3. Cross-post your flames: Everyone on the net is just waiting for the next literary masterpiece to leave your terminal! From the Apple II RoundTable to X-10 Powerhouse RoundTable, they're all holding their breath until your next flame. Therefore, post everywhere.

4. Conspiracies abound: If everyone's against you, the reason can't *possibly* be that you're a sh??head. There's obviously a conspiracy against you, and you will be doing the entire net a favor by exposing it.

5. Lawsuit threats: This is the reverse of Rule #4 (sort of like the Yin & Yang of Flaming). Threatening a lawsuit is always considered to be in good form. "By saying that I've posted to the wrong group, Bertha has libeled me, slandered me, and sodomized me. See you in court, Bertha."

6. Force them to document their claims: Even if Harry Hoinkus states outright that he likes tomato sauce on his pasta, you should demand documentation. If Newsweek hasn't written an article on Harry's pasta preferences, then Harry's obviously lying.

7. Use foreign phrases: French is good, but Latin is the lingua franca of flaming. You should use the words "ad hominem" at least three times per article. Other favorite Latin phrases are "ad nauseum," "veni, vidi, vici," and "fettuccini alfredo."

8. Tell 'em how smart you are: Why use intelligent arguments to convince them you're smart when all you have to do is tell them? State that you're a member of Mensa, or Mega, or Dorks of America. Tell them the scores you received on every exam since high school. "I got an 800 on my SATs, LSATs, GREs, MCATs, and I can also spell the word 'premeiotic' ."

9. Accuse your opponent of censorship. It is your right as an American citizen to post whatever the hell you want to the net (as guaranteed by the 37th Amendment, I think). Anyone who tries to limit your cross-posting or move a flame war to email is either a communist, a fascist, or both.

10. Doubt their existence: You've never actually seen your opponent, have you? And since you're the center of the universe, you should have seen them by now, shouldn't you? Therefore, THEY DON'T EXIST! This is the beauty of flamers' logic.

11. Lie, cheat, steal, leave the toilet seat up.

12. When in doubt, insult: If you forget the other 11 rules, remember this one. At some point during your wonderful career as a Flamer you will undoubtedly end up in a flame war with someone who is better than you. This person will expose your lies, tear apart your arguments, make you look generally like a bozo. At this point, there's only one thing to do: INSULT THE DIRTBAG!!! "Oh yeah? Well, your mother does strange things with vegetables."

Honorable Mention:
13. When all else fails, call into question someones grammer or spelling.

And my own addtional Honorable Mention:
14. YOUR ALL GAY!!!11!!!

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Honorable Mention:
13. When all else fails, call into question someones grammer or spelling.

grammar [Razz]
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quote:
Originally posted by Jessycat:
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Honorable Mention:
13. When all else fails, call into question someones grammer or spelling.

grammar [Razz]
someone's

[Wink]

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Icon 1 posted January 26, 2006 19:59      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Didn't even notice that. Seriously. I just copied and pasted.

Flamers. [Razz]

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Icon 1 posted January 26, 2006 22:34      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Oh yeah?

Well in Soviet Russia, flames someone you!

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Don't forget the age-old tactic of listing off what kind of weaponry you have hanging around your apartment, as well as creative ways to put them to use. [Razz]
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Ben Franklin was way ahead of his time. [Wink]
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David Pogue has written two recent amusing columns on this theme. The first is here (NYT so reg required) and the second (in which he quotes from the Benjamin Franklin link) I think has not yet gone up, though you will have seen it if you are on his e-mail list.

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quote:
David Pogue has written two recent amusing columns on this theme. The first is here (NYT so reg required)
I read that a few days ago. What is a pill? I had a quick google and all I could find were links to Pogue's article.
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pill 1 |pil| noun a small round mass of solid medicine to be swallowed whole. ( the pill or the Pill) a contraceptive pill : she is on the pill. informal a tedious or unpleasant person. informal (in some sports) a humorous term for a ball.
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Much like Xanthine's addition -- it's generally accepted that at some point the argument, one or both parties will call the other party's sexual orientation into question.

Oh yea? Well you're gay!!1!!!111oneoneone!!!!

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quote:
pill 1 |pil| noun a small round mass of solid medicine to be swallowed whole. ( the pill or the Pill) a contraceptive pill : she is on the pill. informal a tedious or unpleasant person. informal (in some sports) a humorous term for a ball.
Hmm. Must be one of those american/english things. Never heard that before.

/goes back to smoking a fag [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
Hmm. Must be one of those american/english things. Never heard that before.

/goes back to smoking a fag [Wink]

I don't think so, though I think it is archaic in the UK. I certainly haven't heard it used here for many years. I assume that it and pillock have the same source as both are (or were) also slang for another type of ball apart from the one mentioned in GMx's definition. From this would come the secondary slang meaning of a tedious person. The word w*nker has largely replaced them in common usage here.

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quote:
smoking a fag
Talk about gay or is that some British - American thing...

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Roasting gays over an open fire is a long established custom here in the UK. We all sing "Land of Hope and Glory" as we watch their brightly coloured clothes catch fire.

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quote:
Originally posted by Callipygous:
Roasting gays over an open fire is a long established custom here in the UK. We all sing "Land of Hope and Glory" as we watch their brightly coloured clothes catch fire.

Cal, I was drinking something when I read that! You now need to come clean my monitor (not my clock, my monitor).
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quote:
Originally posted by Callipygous:
Roasting gays over an open fire is a long established custom here in the UK. We all sing "Land of Hope and Glory" as we watch their brightly coloured clothes catch fire.

Especially in Brighton [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
quote:
Originally posted by Jessycat:
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Honorable Mention:
13. When all else fails, call into question someones grammer or spelling.

grammar [Razz]
someone's

[Wink]

It's generally accepted that all grammar- or spelling-related flames must include an error of their own.

If I was being more than merely pedantic about it, I would have to go back after proofreading and insert a mistake somewhere. [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by Callipygous:
Roasting gays over an open fire is a long established custom here in the UK. We all sing "Land of Hope and Glory" as we watch their brightly coloured clothes catch fire.

Now that's a hot one! Way to go, Calli. [Applause]

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I am completely lost...Flames means something different to me here. [Frown]

But I do know what a fag is [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by Kinguy:
And never forget, that you know the flaming is done once someone calls another "Hitler."

That's Godwin's Law. That kills the thread.

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
quote:
Originally posted by Kinguy:
And never forget, that you know the flaming is done once someone calls another "Hitler."

That's Godwin's Law. That kills the thread.
Hitler supported God(win's law). That must mean that is bad. You are no better than Hitler himself!

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quote:
Originally posted by Kinguy:
And never forget, that you know the flaming is done once someone calls another "Hitler."

Wimp.
That's when the real flaming gets started !

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