The Trailer Park
is a spill over area of this site where all things flaming
reside. While humour, passion and vigorous debate can be part
of a lively discussion, in all electronic forums, some posts
are intentionally designed to provoke a hostile reaction in
the readers and start a flame war,
or are simply derogatory insults about a specific person or
group of people, and have no intellectual value.
On this site, when a post is deemed to be a flame
or flame bait, it is transferred
to the Trailer Park.
It can still be replied to, but the ensuing thread will remain
in the Trailer Park
with a link from the original discussion. This allows the
people not wishing to participate in the flame
war to simply ignore this content.
If a participant is a troll, and consistently
insults others or attempts to provoke flame
wars, then they may be restricted to only participating
within the Trailer Park. (The initial restriction will be
for a period of one week).
[Source: The Jargon Dictionary http://info.astrian.net/jargon/]
An inflammatory posting intended to provoke a flame war, or
one that invites flames in reply.
Flame [at MIT, orig. from the
phrase 'flaming asshole']
1. vi. To post a message intended to insult and provoke.
2. vi. To speak incessantly and/or rabidly on some relatively
uninteresting subject or with a patently ridiculous attitude.
3. vt. Either of senses 1 or 2, directed with hostility at
a particular person or people.
4. n. An instance of flaming.
The term may have been independently invented at several
different places. It has been reported from MIT, Carleton
College and RPI (among many other places) from as far back
as 1969, and from the University of Virginia in the early
n. [common] (var. 'flamewar') An acrimonious dispute, especially
when conducted on a public electronic forum.
n. An individual who regularly posts specious arguments, flames
or personal attacks to a newsgroup, discussion list, or in
email for no other purpose than to annoy someone or disrupt
a discussion. Trolls are recognizable by the fact that they
have no real interest in learning about the topic at hand
- they simply want to utter flame bait. Like the ugly creatures
they are named after, they exhibit no redeeming characteristics,
and as such, they are recognized as a lower form of life on
the net, as in, "Oh, ignore him, he's just a troll."
The use of 'troll' is a live metaphor that readily produces
elaborations and combining forms. For example, one not infrequently
sees the warning "Do not feed the troll" as part
of a follow-up to troll postings.
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