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trn: Usenet flames and how to avoid them
Sooner or later, as you read Usenet, you will run into flames.
Flames are articles that are any of the following: insulting,
derogatory, or extremely negative (especially in emotional
content). Basically, it's someone thumbing their nose.
Remember, there are several million Usenet
readers, and many have very strong opinions.
How to deal with flames
- Relax. People are just rude sometimes. Take a walk, play
a game. Stop reading for a while.
- Put the offending subject in your kill file. Using
trn, type K while reading the flame.
How to avoid getting flamed
- Before posting an article, read
`trn: How not to look like an idiot on Usenet'.
- Beware of advertising. If you must advertise, read
`trn: How to advertise on Usenet'.
- Don't flame. Don't insist on having the last word.
- Don't take yourself or Usenet too seriously. This is
supposed to be fun, remember?
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