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[ih] History of Flaming

My first contact with what now seems to be called social networks was 
with The WELL and with the USEINC BBS.  Both environments were pretty 
mellow and if there were incipient flamefests, the sysops came down hard 
on the miscreants.

It was via The WELL that I got access to the newsgroups and the vicious 
flamewars, of which MES is an example, but certainly not the only case, 
maybe not even the worst.
Requiescas in pace o email           Two identifying characteristics
                                         of System Administrators:
Ex turpi causa non oritur actio      Infallibility, and the ability to
                                         learn from their mistakes.
                                           (Adapted from Stephen Pinker)