This article is from the alt.movies.silent FAQ, by Rick Levinson Rick.Levinson@sympatico.ca and Emily Way email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
There are the occasional rhubarbs -- all newsgroups have them --
but generally the level of discourse tends to be civil. Obviously
we all love silent film and some of us are more knowledgeable than
others, but generally we welcome any comments, suggestions, or
opinions from anyone and everyone.
If you want to pick a fight with someone, go offline and duke it out
mano à mano. Try not to engage in a personal grudge match over the
If you find yourself in a flamewar with someone on the group, try
to keep your posts limited; have your say, let someone post his or
her response, reply, and then stop there. Go to email if you want
to continue the fight.