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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:32 am 
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From the Wired News Article bearing the same title by By Stephen Leahy:

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The Secret Cause of Flame Wars

By Stephen Leahy
02:00 AM Feb, 13, 2006


"Don't work too hard," wrote a colleague in an e-mail today. Was she sincere or sarcastic? I think I know (sarcastic), but I'm probably wrong.

According to recent research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, I've only a 50-50 chance of ascertaining the tone of any e-mail message. The study also shows that people think they've correctly interpreted the tone of e-mails they receive 90 percent of the time.

"That's how flame wars get started," says psychologist Nicholas Epley of the University of Chicago, who conducted the research with Justin Kruger of New York University. "People in our study were convinced they've accurately understood the tone of an e-mail message when in fact their odds are no better than chance," says Epley.

The researchers took 30 pairs of undergraduate students and gave each one a list of 20 statements about topics like campus food or the weather. Assuming either a serious or sarcastic tone, one member of each pair e-mailed the statements to his or her partner. The partners then guessed the intended tone and indicated how confident they were in their answers.

Those who sent the messages predicted that nearly 80 percent of the time their partners would correctly interpret the tone. In fact the recipients got it right just over 50 percent of the time.

"People often think the tone or emotion in their messages is obvious because they 'hear' the tone they intend in their head as they write," Epley explains.

At the same time, those reading messages unconsciously interpret them based on their current mood, stereotypes and expectations. Despite this, the research subjects thought they accurately interpreted the messages nine out of 10 times.

The reason for this is egocentrism, or the difficulty some people have detaching themselves from their own perspective, says Epley. In other words, people aren't that good at imagining how a message might be understood from another person's perspective.

"E-mail is very easy to misinterpret, which not only triggers flame wars but lots of litigation," says Nancy Flynn, executive director of the e-Policy Institute and author of guidebooks E-Mail Rules and Instant Messaging Rules. Many companies battle workplace lawsuits triggered by employee e-mail, according to Flynn.

"People write absolutely, incredibly stupid things in company e-mails," said Flynn.





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So you mean to says its normal human instinct to start flamewars? Well, we dont need to know how it starts, we need to know how to avoid it and thats the solution. But, if you do know how it starts, you can simply avoid that and problem solved.

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Well, I don't intentionally at times start flame wars.

I mean, I'll start one often on purpose just because I like a real conversation. Not that an argument is a conversation, but it sure beats the hell out of boredom on forums. :P

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Silentcrisis wrote:
Well, I don't intentionally at times start flame wars.

I mean, I'll start one often on purpose just because I like a real conversation. Not that an argument is a conversation, but it sure beats the hell out of boredom on forums. :P

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HELLZ YEAH!

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your suggesting we host debates on topics instead of you speak and I speak etcetc. You suggest we should have live debates over a chat network like xfire. We should, thatll be something. We could invite the devs if possible and host a live Q & A chat room. lol.

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I sense ventrilo/teamspeak...

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XenoKiLLer wrote:
So you mean to says its normal human instinct to start flamewars?

No, I am quoting an article... Read the article, it doesn't say anything about "instinct" -- neither does it "mean" to say anything; it says exactly what it's saying outright as a recitation of facts that and corroberates them with a research study from the University of Chicago...

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Well, we dont need to know how it starts, we need to know how to avoid it and thats the solution.

I see... So, in essence you're saying you don't need to know how something works to fix it? When ever that kind of thinking has been applied historically -- abject human misery has always been the outcome...

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But, if you do know how it starts, you can simply avoid that and problem solved.

Doubtful in this case -- as Diane is the only one that got my follow on pun... That with the fact that clear, organized, literate, and focused discussion aren't really part of any True Combat Forum combined with a general lack of empathy and listening skills rather make misunderstanding a forgone conclusion... But I do wish you the best of luck!

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lol. its in how and what we write in these posts that cause misunderstanding. Some people just take things way too hard.

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or so you think...


person-to-person is better than forums IMO, but forums are a bit safer though.

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if anyone thinks something is offensive you should say it but dont flame th person who you feel offended you.

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