flame war


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flame war

An online discussion on a newsgroup, forum, or thread of blog comments in which debate about a subject degenerates into an exchange of personal insults.
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I'm not going to point fingers, I'm not going to take sides, I'm not going to engage in a flame war on social media.
You need not crap on anyone, start a so-called flame war for lack of anything better to do, or do other silly things with your keyboard.
Jun 22-CANCER Jul 22 THIS week you'll get involved in a bitter flame war with a Twitter troll, even though you're 73 and have no idea what any of those things are.
His Twitter feed is like a piece of cultural and political performance art, a running flame war not just with his fellow candidates but with the likes of Cher and Bette Midler.
That said, avoid the urge to argue with a customer who is combative or flinging insults just to start or fuel a flame war.
This article asks whether the flame war and other communications over a reference to child abuse in a fan fiction competition could be regarded as feminist-influenced deliberation and consciousness-raising over the issue.
In reproduced manuscript pages showing Fingal's notations in red--and through a back-and-forth between the two that reads more like an Internet flame war than professional correspondence (or is that just a feature of the book's "meta" aspect?
Every so often, a little flame war will erupt in WDJ's Letters to the Editor, comment section on the WDJ website, or WDJ's Facebook page.
Nevertheless the profile (our 10th most-read feature of the year on Advocate, com) ignited a flame war among readers.
Without a doubt, "controlling the message" through approved case studies and testimonials reduces the worry that there will be an all-out flame war on a company's site.