vi vs emacs
little-endian vs big-endian
Mac vs IBM
System V vs BSD
gun control vs 2nd amendment
pro-life vs pro-choice
metric system vs imperial system
etc, etc, etc...

Always been around, always will be around.
Flame Wars are usually the product of mutual disagreement in so-called Chat Rooms. A Troll will strike up a subject, most probably one about religion/politics/sexual orientation/OS preference and one that has been discussed about 3 Trillion times. Another Troll or a gullible person with answer, and soon enough the whole chat room will be "ablaze" with profanity and useless discussion. Flame Wars can go on for minutes, hours, even for days in some cases.

See also: Why we shouldn't argue with each other

flame on = F = flamer

flame war n.

[common] (var. `flamewar') An acrimonious dispute, especially when conducted on a public electronic forum such as Usenet.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

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