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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:04 PM
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So which Flame Warrior are you?
I snagged this from the lounge, but the characters strike me more as GD DUers. Here are a few common GD DUers. Many more are on the site linked at the bottom of the post.




Blowhard feels the need to present his credentials before entering the fray - even if they are irrelevant to the discussion. For example, in a movie forum conflict he might attempt to settle the matter by saying, "As a Ph. D. candidate in particle physics I believe I can say with some authority that the 'Beavis and Butthead' movie represents the emergence of a new cultural paradigm." Huh?




Big Dog is a bully who doesn't hesitate to use his superior strength to intimidate other combatants. Big Dog may be smart, articulate or just plain mean, but in any case he is a remorseless fighter, brutally ripping into even the weakest of combatants. Once Big Dog securely fastens his powerful jaws on a hapless victim, Me-Too will join the attack. Me-Too is far too weak and insecure to engage in single combat, and must ally himself with Big Dog or a pack of other Warriors to bring down his quarry.





Grenade isn't actually a Warrior, per se, but it's an ordnance so widely employed that no Flame Warriors guide would be complete without mentioning it. When lobbed into a discussion forum Grenade instantly blasts civil discourse into smoking rubble. Grenade's explosive content can be adjusted to the forum's interests. Typical detonating materials can be Bill Clinton, George Bush, gun control, homosexuality, Reagan, abortion, taxes, conspiracy theory, the NEA, welfare reform, etc. When facing certain defeat a Warrior can stall even the most determined attack with a diversionary explosion. Grenade can bea particularly destructive weapon in the hands of Evil Clown, Issues, Troglodyte or even Weenie, but almost any Warrior can use it to gain a temporary strategic advantage. Eagle Scout has been known to throw himself upon Grenade to save the forum.




For Ego, the discussion forum is all about him, and he regards discussions that stray from that topic as trivial dalliances. Although tolerant of an occasional shift in focus, Ego grows increasingly restive when the forum's attention shifts away from his interests, and he will often provoke conflict to reestablish himself as the subject at hand. Ego is one the the fiercest of all the Warriors and will fight to the death when attacked.




Nitpick compensates for his limited fighting ability by pouncing on points that are only marginally relevant to the discussion. For example, if his opponent in a sports forum conflict casually mentioned the Cubs' 4-2 victory in the 1908 World Series, Nitpick would quickly counterattack with something like, "4-2 !? Any moron knows the Cubs won the Series 4-1! Someone so ignorant about baseball history can't possibly know anything about salary caps!" Even if the minor point is conceded by his opponent Nitpick will return to it whenever the battle turns against him. Though weak, Nitpick is very tenacious and will never admit defeat. Nitpick is a close ally of Artful Dodger.




The most common variants of Ideologue are conservative and liberal. Smug and self satisfied in their certitudes, Ideologue's opinions are merely a loose collection of intellectual conceits, and e is genuinely astonished, bewildered and and indignant that his views are not universally embraced as the Truth. He regards the opposing point of view as a form of cognitive dissonance whose only cure is relentless propagandizing and browbeating. The conservative iteration of Ideologue parades himself as a logical, clear thinker, while the liberal version trumpets his higher level of mental, spiritual and social awareness. Troglodyte is the natural ally of conservative Ideologue, and for liberal Ideologue it is Weenie. Ideologue is a fierce, but very predictable Warrior.




Pinko has an angry, almost genetic loathing for privilege, greed, social exploitation, racism, sexism, homophobia, pro-lifers, the religious right, environmental degradation, the NRA, US imperialism, multinational corporations, big business, Republicans in general and George Bush in particular. Pinko openly admires Oliver Stone, Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore and anyone else who is critical of the US government and bourgeois culture. She ardently believes there is no enormity of which the United States is incapable and regards its entire history as an unbroken legacy of avarice, deceit and injustice. Though Issues, Weenie, Fragile Femme and sometimes Ideologue will defend Pinko in battle, her extremely predictable and tedious attacks eventually exhaust even those inclined to support her.




Weenie is a very sensitive guy, and it angers and saddens him that everyone isn't just as sensitive as he. An admitted male feminist, Weenie is ever vigilant against anti-progressive attitudes. Though he seldom comes into personal contact with the working classes, he keenly feels the pain of their oppression nonetheless . Weenie's chief antagonists are Troglodyte, Evil Clown, Capitalista and sometimes Ideologue. Because of his natural petulance Weenie can easily be goaded into battle, but he is encumbered by a tendency to throw temper tantrums when severely pressed.


Many more on this site.
http://redwing.hutman.net/%7Emreed/index.htm
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:07 PM
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1. Good one, Raging.
:rofl:
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bettyellen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:08 PM
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2. i guess i'm pinko... i've certainly known some weenies, too.
very funny, carlos!
+ tks for everything
:hi:
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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:10 PM
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3. I don't think you're as pinko
as some others around here.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:12 PM
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6. bettyellen is a pinko.
Myself, I tend to mauve.

:)
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bettyellen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:13 PM
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8. i'm not so very exterme about it.
i am a radical when it comes to reproductive rights and racist/ classist economic policies.
then i go all che on everybody!
:)
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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:21 PM
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11. I've determined that I'm a mix between Big Cat and Ideologue
But I'm sure other DUers would call me one of the other less-positive characters.




Big Cat would rather not fight...he enjoys peacefully observing forum conversations and laconically participates when the moods strikes. He playfully chases interesting threads, and from time to time uses a Newbie or Propellerhead as a convenient scratching post. He enjoys being stroked or petted, and tends to purr loudly. CAUTION: Don't be fooled by his fuzzy, playful exterior. When provoked, Big Cat reacts with lightning speed and almost always lands on his feet after an attack. Big Cat often indulges himself by toying with his victim before delivering his lethal blows.



The most common variants of Ideologue are conservative and liberal. Smug and self satisfied in their certitudes, Ideologue's opinions are merely a loose collection of intellectual conceits, and e is genuinely astonished, bewildered and and indignant that his views are not universally embraced as the Truth. He regards the opposing point of view as a form of cognitive dissonance whose only cure is relentless propagandizing and browbeating. The conservative iteration of Ideologue parades himself as a logical, clear thinker, while the liberal version trumpets his higher level of mental, spiritual and social awareness. Troglodyte is the natural ally of conservative Ideologue, and for liberal Ideologue it is Weenie. Ideologue is a fierce, but very predictable Warrior..
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bettyellen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:39 PM
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18. we'd all like to think of ourseleves as the cat.....
but it says then you're naturally friendly with the weenies!
LOL.
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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:49 PM
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21. Yes, we like to think of ourselves as the Big Cat
So maybe it's better if we let others decide who we are.
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:49 PM
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22. I thought that was what Wonk said
but not exactly
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

I guess this post makes ME an archivist too.
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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:51 PM
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24. Totally Archivist
What dirt do you have on me? Maybe it will determine what Flame Warrior I am.
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 03:34 PM
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31. I find nothing either in memory or screen saves
although I think we did some duking, or you were a little over the top on the immigration issue (whether I replied to the posts I read or not).

I thought that flame warrior link was pretty cool though. I must have spent half an hour or more reading it. So that is something I would remember. Plus, the OP had called me a nazi a couple days before he posted that link, but what's a little invective between old friends?
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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 03:52 PM
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32. I called you a nazi?
When the immigration issue arises, I guess I become the "Issues" Flame Warrior:


Issues has an issue and she won't rest until it becomes your issue, too. Even when she's not talking about her issue it's clear she would rather be talking about her issue. Something of a secular evangelist, he religion, her raison d'etre, her abiding passion is....well, her issue. Not exclusive to any ideological orientation, her issue could be the environment, abortion rights, raw foods, breast feeding, whatever. Her obsession, however, provides the key to defeating her in battle; she can't tolerate indifference, so if her thrusts are simply ignored she will rage, accuse, condemn, plead and finally, go away.
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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:11 PM
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5. But I think most DUers have a little "pinko" in them
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robinlynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:12 PM
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7. I'm pinko too, though I hope I'm not that predictible and boring...
glad you had the guts to admit it first...
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:10 PM
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4. You realize you just triggered Medical Students Syndrome
all over DU.

(Please don't do this to me. Grenade maybe? Oh, cR@P!

:rofl:

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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:14 PM
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9. Very good! Thank you. nt
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:17 PM
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10. color me Pinko!
perhaps I should have used leftistchick as my screen name? :shrug:
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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:22 PM
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13. Or PinkChick
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KyndCulture Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:21 PM
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12. I'm a Big Cat



Big Cat would rather not fight...he enjoys peacefully observing forum conversations and laconically participates when the moods strikes. He playfully chases interesting threads, and from time to time uses a Newbie or Propellerhead as a convenient scratching post. He enjoys being stroked or petted, and tends to purr loudly. CAUTION: Don't be fooled by his fuzzy, playful exterior. When provoked, Big Cat reacts with lightning speed and almost always lands on his feet after an attack. Big Cat often indulges himself by toying with his victim before delivering his lethal blows.

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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:22 PM
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14. I'm an Ego, Nitpick, and Weenie (a big one!) all rolled into one!
:D

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porphyrian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:24 PM
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15. Mostly the Big Dog and Ego, though I don't limit myself to those. - n/t
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:26 PM
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16. You misspelled a word

Grammarian usually has little to contribute to a discussion and possesses few effective weapons. To compensate, he will point out minor errors in spelling and grammar. Because of Grammarian's obvious weakness most Warriors ignore him.
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TallahasseeGrannie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:29 PM
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17. Oh my God
I guess I am Toxic Granny to a T. Or the Bliss Ninny!

These are great...and so true!
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:40 PM
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19. I've not read through them all but I'd say I'm a combo of Eagle Scout and
Big Cat
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 03:11 PM
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29. Add to the mix some issues and jeckell and hyde ;)
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hyphenate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:45 PM
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20. From these
I guess for the most part I'm Pinko. However, since we're here at DU, it isn't as important to be Pinko, so we have to choose a sub-level warrior stance as well to make it more clear as to where we stand. If this were a mixed political board, Pinko would certainly serve as a primary personality.
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oasis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:51 PM
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23. Nader
:evilgrin:
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cboy4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:53 PM
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25. LOL - - Jot me down as pinko, however I'm much, much
Edited on Sat Jul-08-06 02:54 PM by cboy4
better looking than the cartoon.

Look at the hair on the pinko. :puke:

Someone call the fashion police ;)

edit: spelling (as per usual)
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 02:58 PM
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26. Not so sure I like pigeon holes. I could be one of each of this
depending upon the day and time. Multime! Is that one?
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readmoreoften Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 03:02 PM
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27. Pinko Plus Issues.
I've been know to be "tireless rebutter" on bad days.
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neebob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 03:09 PM
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28. I'd be the love child of a threesome
between Ego, Nitpick, and Pinko ... if I were a flame warrior. But of course I'm not.
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 03:24 PM
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30. I fear I'm a combo of a few of them.
Jeckell and Hyde (don't catch me on a bad day)
Lurker
Eagle Scout
Pinko

I dream of being an Ent.
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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 03:56 PM
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33. Speaking of Jekyl and Hyde
That would have been me that night I got banned.

My dream is becoming "The Godfather", which is kind of like an Ent, but a little cooler, in my opinion.


Forums often contain one or more unacknowledged sub-societies, but everyone except the most clueless know that these groups exist and constantly feel their influence. Such alliances congeal because of similarities in ideas and attitudes, or for the desire for power and influence within the forum. Since human beings are hierarchical creatures each of these these little mafias always have a Godfather who is surrounded by a cadre of loyal henchmen. Unlike Rebel Leader, Issues, Furious Typer and other noisy Warriors, Godfather only occasionally deigns to enter into discussions, but when he does everyone listens to him respectfully and his pronouncements have an air of finality. Though Godfather himself never engages in battle, it is commonly understood that his utterances should not be challenged, and when an unsuspecting Newbie or ambitious wannabe mounts a challenge to his authority Godfathers henchmen viciously silence or drive away the attacker.
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Buns_of_Fire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 04:16 PM
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34. Great. Now I'm afraid to post ANYTHING.
Except, maybe... So, what are you guys wearing? :evilgrin:
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skids Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 07:03 PM
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35. Coffee Klatch! Bliss Ninny!
:-) There's no safety in that, they got one for you too. :-)
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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 09:55 PM
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38. Fishnet stockings
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BlackVelvet04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 07:55 PM
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36. On another message board the admin but here probably ....
Jekyll and Hyde. As a forum participant Jekyll and Hyde always plays by the rules and is consistently cordial and helpful a model netizen, until one day he comes completely uncorked and lashes out without warning. His unanticipated thunderbolts can temporarily rout even the sturdiest Warriors, and it often takes some time for his stunned opponents to mount a counter attack. Jekyll and Hydes sudden behavioral change may result from a psychotic episode, PMS, a downturn in the market, a surprise visit by the in-laws or a session of hard drinking...

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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-08-06 07:59 PM
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37. Proudly pinko, though Oliver Stone may have jumped the shark.
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-09-06 12:38 AM
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39. I read through them all and still can't really place myself...
Unless it's the bloody Eagle Scout.

:shrug:
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-09-06 12:55 AM
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40. Just a boring old jerk
But we already knew that. :P
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PATRICK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-09-06 03:16 AM
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41. A must see for moderator training
Maybe it can be boiled down to ego and negativity. Or rather, the negativity that in all its various forms always comes out because of the defective ego. Obviously there are those that have these traits that discuss, question, but do not flame and in the end- sooner than later- resolve peacefully and humbly with their comrades in chat. it is good to look in this list and see those personalities that tend to identify each of us. So we can say, that there but for the grace of moderators, flame I.
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T_i_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-09-06 06:49 AM
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42. Many thanks RagingInMiami!
Personally I'm a bit Eagle Scout (always fishing for articles to post) and since I'm kinda a little bit weary of much of what I see on DU these days I must also admit to having a touch of the Rebel without a Clue about me.
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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-09-06 12:12 PM
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43. Thanks to you
For posting this in this in the first place.

I had first seen this about 18 months ago when I first joined DU and it was funny back then. But it's even funnier now because not only have they added many more Flame Warriors, but in that time, I've gotten to experience a whole variety of different DU personalities that really do match the Flame Warriors on that site.

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