This article is from the Digital Broadcast Satellites FAQ, by Brian Trosko email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Certain issues frequently discussed in rec.video.satellite.dbs tend to
draw vast amounts of conflict, argument, shouting, flaming, and general
absurdity. For example, threads consisting of C-band system owners and
DBS system owners who do nothing but call each other "fucking idiots" and
loudly proclaim the superior virtues of *their* system are somewhat
common. Such threads generate more heat than light, consisting of a lot of
insults which, creative and entertaining as they may be, contain very
little or no useful information.
To reduce the inflammatory potential of such threads, be careful when
posting to them. Avoid subjective statements, and stick to facts whenever
possible. See section B.6 for advice on dealing with such a flamewar once
it has started.