Friday, April 14, 2006
What Kind of Flame Warrior Are You?
You may have seen this already, but I just discovered a great website that describes the many types of flame warriors on the Internet. If you've ever hung out on a newsgroup, bulletin board, message board, online forum, or comment thread on a blog, you've probably encountered many of these types of personalities. Among the more antagonistic types you may encounter are the Troller, Troglodyte, Ferrous Cranus, Evil Clown, and Ideologue.
Looking at myself, I think I'm a composite of a few different warriors:
- I'm 75% Lurker - mostly I read the messages, but I generally don't comment that often.
- I'm 10% Diplomat - I've tried being a peacemaker a couple of times in an effort to resolve heated disputes calmly and rationally (see here and here) - with little success.
- I'm 15% Eagle Scout - I generally try to be polite and calm when I do participate in any online fora. It helps for me to wait an hour before typing out any argumentative messages. This prevents letting my emotions unleash any unnecessary nastiness.