Many active forum participants use the word "flame". It is of foreign origin, and some visitors to Internet forums are sometimes unaware of its true meaning.
The word "flame" comes from the English word flame and literally translates as "flame, fire or passion." That is, a flame is actually a bitter dispute for the sake of a dispute in the Internet space. When many participants have already forgotten how the dispute began, switched to personal insults, claims based on religion, nationality, gender and professional skills, these are all bright signs of a flame on the forum.
The main reason for the flame is the introduction by certain forum participants of remarks that do not correspond to the created topic. For example, in a topic for discussing opportunities for opening and developing a small business in a certain area, an abstruse individual suddenly intervenes in the conversation with a request to help him buy an aquarium. Of course, this situation entails irritation and anger of the rest of the participants in the discussion, who unleash all their anger on the unlucky aquarist. In this situation, it is necessary to figure out whether the person did it on purpose or simply accidentally climbed into the wrong forum thread. The flame can be special or random.
The main types of flame
According to its characteristics, the flame can be divided into two types - initiative and reactive. Initiative flame implies the emergence of an unbalanced active aggressor who offends all forum participants, both individually and the entire community. A reactive flame occurs when any, even the most innocuous, off-topic remark causes an inadequate reaction from other interlocutors.
How to protect yourself from the flame?
The most reliable protection against any flamers and unbalanced boors on the forums is to ignore them completely. By replying to a flame, you are pulling yourself into an aggressive discussion. Before you write him an angry answer, full of all your brightest impressions, it is better to re-read what you have written, take a few deep breaths, and your anger will go away by itself.
How can a flame be useful?
Despite all its obvious shortcomings, the flame has some positive features. It allows you to release aggression while sitting at the computer and without going out into the street, it can give a new impetus to an already stalled discussion, filling it with new colors. In this situation, a lot depends on the moderator of the forum, who must guide the participants in the discussion in the right direction, thereby turning his enemy into his ally. In addition, the owners of forums themselves often provoke their interlocutors with a flame in order to increase traffic to their sites.