Which Online Discussion Archetype Are You?
If you've participated in usenet, mailing lists, or web forum discussions for any length of time, you're probably familiar with Godwin's law:
As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.
The Flame Warrior website offers deeper insight, based on a particular all too common forum incident.
Some years ago a minor spat ignited a searing flame war that threatened to consume a once-placid discussion forum. While the forum burned I amused myself by caricaturing the chief antagonists. Confounded at seeing themselves thus revealed, the combatants fled the field in disarray.
Over time the roster of online belligerents expanded and eventually congealed into the netizen's guide to Flame Warriors. My own bad Internet behavior would certainly have provided sufficient material to populate an extensive rogue's gallery, but suggestions and comments from astute observers continue to enrich the Flame Warriors collection.
What Mike created is a brilliant deconstruction of the various archetypes you'll encounter in any long running discussion group, along with some great caricature art: