flame-war

flame-war

n. an angry and excited exchange of notes on a computer forum or news group. A flame-war erupted on the board last night and a lot of people
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The responses of one flame-war participant showed that "the curious blend of sincerity and sport found in animated rhetoric, the vigorous conviction that one perspective can in fact outperform another (and ought to be allowed to, on the grounds of ongoing social and verbal drama, not merely arbitrary privilege) does occasionally yield results" - that is, end in persuasion (p.