1.^ "The Heat of the Internet: Flaming (2003). 12.6.10"
According to Wikipedia...
Flaming, also known as bashing, is hostile and insulting interaction between Internet users. Flaming usually occurs in the social context of a Internet forum, Internet Relay Chat (IRC), Usenet, by e-mail, game servers such as Xbox Live or Playstation Network, and on video-sharing websites. It is frequently the result of the discussion of heated real-world issues such as politics, sports, religion, and philosophy, or of issues that polarise subpopulations, but can also be provoked by seemingly trivial differences. Deliberate flaming, as opposed to flaming as a result of emotional discussions, is carried out by individuals known as flamers, who are specifically motivated to incite flaming. These users specialize in flaming and target specific aspects of a controversial conversation, and are usually more subtle than their counterparts. Their counterparts are known as trolls who are less "professional" and write obvious and blunt remarks to incite a flame war, as opposed to the more subtle, yet precise flamers.
In order for flame wars to be prevented, there must be respect for all parties in the message board. Try not to make bold oversimplifications in your posts. Try to refrain from name calling unless it is friendly ribbing. Also If you don't know much facts about a subject, then don't make broad statements about the subject. In other words, don't talk with your head rammed up your arse.