View Full Version : The Commandments of Flaming

05-15-2009, 12:14 AM
The twelve commandments of flaming

[OP proceeds to trash Fair Use by copying a whole bunch of contents from this website (http://www.flayme.com/flame/12-commandment.shtml), or possibly this website (http://www.elsop.com/wrc/humor/un_flame.htm), and this other website (http://redwing.hutman.net/~mreed/) below, with no attribution, no link, and no attempt to make it clear that the contents do NOT belong to the poster.]

05-15-2009, 12:46 AM
lol...Well, I am almost afraid to post anything about this, but here goes. I loved it. Being posted in the horror section I was not expecting this.

I did not click on all the links but will go back. I do have a question. How long did it take you to do this? I think you covered just about all types.

Thanks for sharing.

<<<<<wonders off......wow.

05-15-2009, 12:53 AM
Yeah, he didn't actually write it, CactusWendy. He cut-n-pasted it from a rather well-known site that's been around since Usenet's heyday, at least.

Ted? This is a writer's site. Don't ever do that again. If they aren't YOUR words, you don't get to pretend they are. You link, you give credit to the guy who wrote them, and you observe the rules of fair use.

05-15-2009, 01:11 AM
I thought I put a disclaimer in, which I must have missed. And you're right, not doing so is cheap and tacky. I own up to that one.

05-15-2009, 01:14 AM

05-15-2009, 01:21 AM
Just as an aside, there are legitimate reasons to threaten legal action against people on the net (or anywhere else). The difference between flaming and actual legitimate legal action is generally frequency of threats and legitimacy of potential for action.

Q - Have you threatened to sue dozens of times before and never followed through?
Y - Flamer
N - Possibly legitimate action

Q - Is the offending party actually potentially guilty of potentially illegal activity (all posting is not legal despite "free speech" and/or Terms Of Usage agreements)?
Y - Potentially actionable
N - Flamer

Note the word "potentially". You still need to consult an attorney if you believe you have been grievously harmed (but the word "harm" has legal significance as well and can be extended to a number of different situations, but nowhere near all that most flamers believe it can).