Hey, there's a very interesting flame war (all in good fun, so far ) going on in some of the 8-bit newsgroups. The Commodore, Atari and Spectrum crowds are at it again, and all kinds of good information on specifications, machine features, etc is coming out of it.
It's very interesting for me because the enthusiasts for the different platforms all dive in, and I can sit back, watch, and take notes. Plus, it's much better than the off-topic weird threads that pop up so often these days.
Post by Golan Klinger on Dec 4, 2005 20:56:04 GMT -5
"Great Flamewar" is an oxymoron. Thye're either a lively debate or a complete waste of time. So far, the 8bit thread has been a lively debate but these things mutate on a dime. I tend to delete most posts without reading them in threads that get that long. I just don't have the patience to read debates anymore because there really is no 'right' answer. They're like junk food; fun but they serve no purpose and are ultimately harmful.
It's true that they often go bad in the end. I do about the same thing - read them for a while, then I move on when the arguments get redundant or the craziness begins. (As an example, I have stopped reading the current thread that I was discussing in this posting.)
That said, there are tons of threads in the newsgroups that shouldn't ever even get started, or at least not in the groups that they appear in. That has been quite a put off for me, but I've learned to just ignore that stuff. I was happy to see something where (a) the topic was retrocomputers, and (b) lots of great technical details made it to the surface.