Flame-a-Thon Site Launched
Fake News written by on Friday, August 7, 1998
Because of the recent GNOME vs. KDE flame wars happening on Slashdot, Usenet, and various mailing lists, Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda has launched a companion site to Slashdot called flame-a-thon.org. "I'm really getting sick of the mindless drivel being spouted everytime KDE or GNOME is mentioned," CmdrTaco explains, "That's why I've programmed Flame-a-Thon. It's a forum designed solely for flame wars. Now when somebody tries to start a flame war on Slashdot or another forum, someone can simply post 'Take your crap to flame-a-thon.org' and be done with it."
Flame-a-thon.org is run off a different server from Slashdot. It's hosted on a Alpha box running Debian Linux and Apache connected to the Net with three T3 lines. "Flame-a-thon has better connectivity than Slashdot," CmdrTaco chuckles, "But it needs it. Only a powerful Linux box can handle the load from flame wars where 500 message might be posted in under 10 minutes. What the Net needs now is a Microsoft-Bash-a-Thon website."
One Slashdot reader wasn't too enthusiastic about flame-a-thon. He commented on Slashdot, "This is ludicrous. Flame-a-thon is a joke. Maybe it should be featured on the Humorix site." Within minutes a flame war erupted in the Slashdot comments area. "This is very ironic," one anonymous poster observed.