man flame () - reply to Usenet News posting automatically


flame - reply to Usenet News posting automatically


flame [options] [filename]


Flame is a AI tool providing an automated method for replying to articles posted to Usenet News. Special care is paid to allow the user to specify the type of reply he desires. The following options are supported by flame:

Take input from stdin.
Crosspost to all newsgroups matching regexp.
Post this reply number times.
Reply in BIFF MODE.
Delay response until original posting expires.
Misdirect to a random Author.
ROT13 quotes from original posting.
Reply to all messages in newsgroups matching regexp.
Call the Author Assh*le in 12 languages.
Bait the Author.
Accuse the Author of communist leanings.
Denigrate the Author.
Picks apart the Author's educational background.
Accuse the Author of fascist leanings.
Post using Greek insult module.
Accuse the Author of homophobic leanings.
Question the Author's intelligence.
Accuse the Author of purchasing Japanese imports.
Accuse the Author of working for the KGB, MOSSAD, CIA, or MI5 as appropriate.
Post using Latin insult module.
Insult the Author's mother.
Accuse the Author of Neo-Nazi leanings.
Quote obscure references proving falsehood of the posting.
Question the Author's parentage.
Accuse the Author of deviant sexual practices.
Accuse the Author of racist leaning.
Accuse the Author of sexist leanings.
Accuse the Author of cross dressing.
State that the Author just doesn't understand anything.
Pretend sympathy for Author's virgin sensibilities.
Accuse the Author of voting for George Bush.
Prepend obscene adjectives wherever syntactically correct.
Accuse the Author of PLO membership.
Accuse the Author of Zionist leanings.


The environment variable FLAME_TYPE can be set to any combination of the above parameters, and will be used as the default flame type to generate.

The environment variable OBSCENE points to a file containing miscellaneous obscene adjectives for the -X option above.


Macro Support will be added to the next release of flame.




This file contains the number of the last article flamed. Used when flameing an entire newsgroup.
This file contains the user's preferred flames.
This file contains alternate phrasing of some of the more standard flames. Used to keep the program from flaming itself.



Self Documenting.


Occasionally, flame will turn on the user, and flame all outgoing postings. When this happens, the best thing to do reinstall your news software and flame.