Flaming is the hostile and insulting interaction between Internet users. Heated emotional exchanges that quickly go back and forth (pie fights) are found in forums, on Blogs and message boards.
Flaming and pie fights come into play when emotions get out of hand due to opposing opinions. The instigators of many flame wars and pie fights are trolls (troublemakers) who live to kick up trouble.
Those who tend to flame or be involved in pie fights typically have their ego invested in being on what they perceive as the right side of the argument at hand. The fact is we can’t change anyone and we all have opinions. The difference between constructive sharing of opinions and discourse is when name calling and profanities get added to the discussion. Once that happens all points of view have lost credibility.
When involved in emotional discussions realize everyone has their own opinion and it is not your job to try to change them. It won’t happen. And, once the discussion gets to the point that it is out of control and we are more into hurling insults than talking about points of view in an adult way, it’s best to just walk away.
Folks are overly bold behind these screens and many times will type things they wouldn’t dare have “a pair” to say in person. Know that and ignore those who choose to communicate in that way just to prove their point. You can avoid flame wars and pie fights by hanging out in areas where there are like minds that know how to communicate civilly. Life’s too short… why get aggravated by trolls?