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Hey, this page needs some kind of comment that ties "flame" into the internet era, and gives references for what fannish upsets were called pre-internet. Any ideas?--Sherrold 17:20, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

Did an equivalent even exist pre-internet? I always assumed that the speed of communication was integral to this kind of dispute. I mean, I can see passionate debates happening via letters, but not really what I'd call a "flamewar" but how could things become mostly insults if you had to wait for the carrier pigeon to bring the letterzine and thus forced cool down periods?--Ratcreature 17:36, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
The destruction of Blake's 7 fandom over slash and actor privilege in a fannish environment was a major flamewar. There was no cool down period. For speedy communication, I think people used telephones. --rache 17:39, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
Huh. Did this have a name back then? And wow, I think that would be worse than telemarketers, to get phonecalls just for the purpose of fannish insults. At least you can killfile emails...--Ratcreature 17:54, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
And honestly, a monthly lettercolumn was fast enough to keep the feeling of hurt and entitlement alive, and that's all a war really needs. I'm going to wander through Verba and see if she sheds any light on this.--Sherrold 18:12, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
I think a proper flamewar needed an audience of more than two people on the phone, or two people exchanging letters. It needed the platform of publication to a wider audience. Hence, the letterzines and lettercols. --MPH (talk) 20:21, 31 August 2017 (UTC)

one sided flame war?

Is there term if one fraction is attacking a fraction while the attacked fraction is not flaming back? WhatAreFrogs? (talk) 17:46, 31 August 2017 (UTC)