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11.3. What's a flame? A flame war?

A flame is a posting or e-mail message that's intended to insult, provoke, and otherwise irritate the recipient. We're not talking little annoying comments and innuendo; we're talking flaming missives--nastygrams. When a flame message elicits equally fiery replies, a flamewar has begun. It isn't pretty. There's a whole newsgroup, alt.flame, devoted to this high art. I was going to include an example...but this is a family book. Better not.

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