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even these groups have their own etiquette, but it's frequently breached, and there's not much you can do about it. If you're having a really bad day, you might try posting to alt.flame; at least you never have to worry about negative repercussions. One of my own favorites is alt.flame.roommate. If you have roommates, you'll empathize; if you don't -- and especially if you used to and don't any more -- it'll remind you how lucky you are.

Apologizing

Q. I sent flame mail to a discussion group I participate in, and now I regret it. What should I do?

A gracious apology is almost always appreciated. Here's a good example of one:

Note that this method can be used to retract or to correct statements you made, or simply to apologize for the manner in which you spoke. You can stand by what you said but regret the way you said it. Like calling a flamer on his actions, this takes some courage. But most readers will appreciate the effort and remove you from their scum-of-the-earth lists.


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