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 for flamage
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  flamage
   /flay'm@j/, n.
  
      [very common] Flaming verbiage, esp. high-noise, low-signal postings to {
      Usenet or other electronic fora. Often in the phrase the usual flamage.
      Flaming is the act itself; flamage the content; a flame is a single flaming
      message. See flame, also dahmum.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  flame
  flamage
  flaming
  
      To rant, to speak or write incessantly and/or
     rabidly on some relatively uninteresting subject or with a
     patently ridiculous attitude or with hostility toward a
     particular person or group of people.  "Flame" is used as a
     verb ("Don't flame me for this, but..."), a flame is a single
     flaming message, and "flamage" /flay'm*j/ the content.
  
     Flamage may occur in any medium (e.g. spoken, electronic
     mail, Usenet news, web).  Sometimes a flame
     will be delimited in text by marks such as "...".
  
     The term was probably independently invented at several
     different places.
  
     Mark L. Levinson says, "When I joined the Harvard student
     radio station (WHRB) in 1966, the terms flame and flamer were
     already well established there to refer to impolite ranting
     and to those who performed it.  Communication among the
     students who worked at the station was by means of what today
     you might call a paper-based Usenet group.  Everyone wrote
     comments to one another in a large ledger.  Documentary
     evidence for the early use of flame/flamer is probably still
     there for anyone fanatical enough to research it."
  
     It is reported that "flaming" was in use to mean something
     like "interminably drawn-out semi-serious discussions"
     (late-night bull sessions) at Carleton College during
     1968-1971.
  
     Usenetter Marc Ramsey, who was at WPI from 1972 to 1976,
     says: "I am 99% certain that the use of "flame" originated at
     WPI.  Those who made a nuisance of themselves insisting that
     they needed to use a TTY for "real work" came to be known as
     "flaming asshole lusers".  Other particularly annoying people
     became "flaming asshole ravers", which shortened to "flaming
     ravers", and ultimately "flamers".  I remember someone picking
     up on the Human Torch pun, but I don't think "flame on/off"
     was ever much used at WPI."  See also asbestos.
  
     It is possible that the hackish sense of "flame" is much older
     than that.  The poet Chaucer was also what passed for a wizard
     hacker in his time; he wrote a treatise on the astrolabe, the
     most advanced computing device of the day.  In Chaucer's
     "Troilus and Cressida", Cressida laments her inability to
     grasp the proof of a particular mathematical theorem; her
     uncle Pandarus then observes that it's called "the fleminge of
     wrecches."  This phrase seems to have been intended in context
     as "that which puts the wretches to flight" but was probably
     just as ambiguous in Middle English as "the flaming of
     wretches" would be today.  One suspects that Chaucer would
     feel right at home on Usenet.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2001-03-11)
  

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