Quote of the Day – Flame Wars

For years I have sent out a quote of the day to a small group of folks. My daily quotes are usually two or three times a week so they aren’t really daily. Here is one that I have sent out before mainly in the hopes that people will read Clay Shirky’s article. The dude is brilliant.

Mailing lists were also the first widely analyzed virtual communities. And for roughly thirty years, almost any description of mailing lists of any length has mentioned flaming, the tendency of list members to forgo standards of public decorum when attempting to communicate with some ignorant moron whose to stupid to know how too spell and deserves to DIE, die a PAINFUL DEATH, you PINKO SCUMBAG!!!


– Clay Shirky, Group as User: Flaming and the Design of Social Software