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flame war

slang An exchange of angry or inflammatory messages online, as on a forum or message board. The message board administrators suspended everyone involved in that flame war.
See also: flame, war
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TiKiBluESinBOOTS (2006) continued to post in the flame war, and tried to clarify that child abuse by an adult female was as serious as child abuse by an adult male:
Zoefive (2006) weighed in again in this flame war to insult Ervin in what could be described as a lesbian separatist fashion:
The combination of hostile insults and reiterations of passionately argued positions over the issue of whether child abuse by a woman was as serious as child abuse by a man makes this section of the discussion an example of both a flame war and consciousness-raising over the issue of child abuse.
It has remained remarkably free of "flame wars,"(5) and manages to stay on topic.
Even staid old e-mail has produced flames, and flame wars.
Some people have taken flaming to an art form, and luxuriate in flame wars.
The online world has its own forms of pollution: vicious arguments (flame wars) and disguised commercial come-ons (spam).
We could even see the emergence of information warfare between organised virtual communities, not mediated by military organisation at all - witness the flame wars which erupt regularly in news groups and Internet chat services.
For many of the thousands of experienced posters to the TECHWR-L mailing list, for example, much of the book's advice concerning online behavior and flame wars may be considered old news.