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Posted by Tactic of the flame on November 03, 2008 at 12:01:01:
In Reply to: Re: Black Pipe posted by Ted on November 03, 2008 at 11:15:32:
Clueless maliciousness: There are others that take on the appearance of someone who needs education to bait (trolling) the well-intentioned with clueless questions. The flamer has more interest in social points than in fixing a mechanical problem so hasn't made the step toward adult responsibility.
A subcategory of this is the clueless deception. Someone comes on as unknowing, then switches to tell you they are in the profession after they receive an answer, then they 'correct' you with inadequate or dangerous advice - or try to convince other readers of your inadequacy. An HVAC pro will respect their specialized knowledge and not flame in their territory. Answering without giving dangerous advice is done by EXPERIENCED writers from their own viewpoint, not as an attack.
An ordinary professional consult is done face-to-face in an office or job site as a business transaction. Flamers take advantage of the anonymity of the web to turn a consult into an insult.
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