Why it is better to play the ball…

From time to time I get challenged about the desirability of Slugger’s rules of etiquette (ie, play the ball and not the man), not least the human error that can occasionally creep into what is essentially a qualitative judgement. Well, the alternative of letting it all hang out is not an option. This story tells of the extremes it can lead to if the art of flaming is pushed to its limits.For more check out Flaming FAQs.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty