10 strategies in waging flame wars

By | December 11, 2007

1. Accuse the other party of your worst faults.
2. Dwell on other people’s errors. Correct them at every opportunity.
3. Insist that you are misunderstood.
4. Never apologise unequivocably. If forced to apologise, justify yourself in a way that makes it sound like the other party was responsible for your actions.
5. Try to be many things at once, so that you can deny everything that is said about you.
6. If you can’t find something to flame the person about, make something up. Convince yourself that you see the “real” motives.
7. Write in such a way that the other party looks stupid if they don’t respond.
8. Say the same thing over and over again.
9. Never let a debate rest. Never allow the other party to withdraw without making it clear the they have lost.
10. Always strive to get the last word.

“People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.” – Chesterton

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