This article is from the Puzzles FAQ, by Chris Cole email@example.com and Matthew Daly firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
One of the entertaining pastimes of rec.puzzles is "sport-flaming", where
the regulars attempt to enliven a puzzle by taking advantage of poor
wording or by simply making it clear that the puzzle poster should have
read the FAQ or checked the archives before posting. If you have been
sport-flamed, please don't take it personally, and PLEASE don't start a
real flame war over it. Nobody is trying to force you from the newsgroup:
it's merely a good-natured way of pointing out that you should have been
more cautious before posting. When you've been around for a couple
months, you'll understand why, and if you've seen netcops in other Usenet
groups, you will probably appreciate our more entertaining style. On the
other hand, if you come to decide that this is too restrictive for your
taste, you might enjoy alt.brain.teasers, which is a less structured
puzzle newsgroup. Also, keep in mind that more ordinary flames, like
other discussion that has nothing to do with puzzles or puzzling, is
tacky and frowned upon.