FLAME Internet Underground

Flame: 1)(v.) The act of writing insulting or derisive script with the intention of directing such script toward another Internet user or group of users. 2)(n.) An article or IRC line containing insult or abusive verbiage directed at either a person or group of persons.
For example, see this flame of IU.

Time for a little BBQ.

While you idle away the hours beside your power-sucking GE air conditioner, hidden from the scorching, torporific heat of the summertime sun, consider burning a few thousand joules thinking about the Flame IU contest. Now is the time to take us to task, and tell us why we're lame. If you don't happen to think we're lame, then just project your earthly frustrations on us. We welcome the beating. Mercilessly smack us like a Kathie Lee piñata at a Honduran sweatshop worker's B-Day party.

All you have to do is e-mail or snail mail in an entry that rips our magazine a new one. The most thoughtful, creative and original flames will be posted here at the site (we reserve the right to edit, discard, be disgusted with and emotionally disturbed by all entries)--and the "primo" flame will actually be printed in our September newsstand issue. The grand prize winner will also receive all back issues of IU (even the rare issue #1), as well as a pound of IU's favorite office candy (to be determined). Please refrain from using expletives and from threatening bodily harm to our fragile editors. Most of all, please make no comparisons between IU and Alf, Yanni, Gallagher, Kenny G., Urkel, Howdy Doody or Leonard Part VI--we would consider that hitting below the belt.

Thanks, and good flaming!
(See official rules below.)

Enter via e-mail:

Enter via snail mail:
                Internet Underground
                1920 Highland Avenue
                Suite 222
                Lombard, IL 60148



Contest Rules:
  1. No Purchase Necessary: To enter, send an e-mail in any format to the following address with your name, address and telephone number along with your best flaming of Internet Underground. Send e-mail entries to IU@mcs.com or mail a standard size postcard with the above information to: "Flame Internet Underground Contest", c/o Internet Underground, 1920 Highland Avenue, Suite 222, Lombard, Illinois 60148. No purchase or payment of any money is necessary to enter. One entry per household. Entries must be received by July 14, 1997. All entries become exclusive property of Ziff-Davis Inc. and will not be acknowledged or returned. Ziff-Davis assumes no responsibility for lost, mutilated, late, illegible, incomplete, postage-due, or misdirected entries. Only one prize per family, organization, or household.
  2. Prizes: 1 Grand Prize: Grand Prize winner will receive all back-issues of Internet Underground and the winning entry will be published in the next available issue of Internet Underground and on the Underground Online web site. Grand Prize has an approximate retail value of $100. All entries will be judged on the following criteria: (50%) originality and (50%) creativity. Entries containing obscene language will be disqualified. Judging to be held on or about July 15, 1997 by Ziff-Davis whose decisions are final. Winner will be notified by mail and/or email. Prize(s) are non-transferable. No substitutions of prize(s) are allowed, except at the option of Ziff-Davis should the featured prize become unavailable.
  3. Odds of Winning: The odds of winning will be determined by number of valid entries received.
  4. Eligibility: Sweepstakes open to residents of United States and Canada. Void in Quebec. Non- compliance with the time parameters contained herein or return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. Winners or their legal guardians shall sign an affidavit of eligibility/release of liability/prize acceptance within 30 days of receipt or forfeit prize. By acceptance of prize, winner(s) agree to the use of their name and/or likeness for purposes of advertising, trade, or promotion without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. Neither Ziff-Davis nor its affiliates, subsidiaries, divisions, or related companies are responsible for any damages, taxes, or expenses that consumers might incur as a result of this contest or receipt of prize. Winners accepting prizes agree that all prizes are awarded on the condition that Ziff-Davis and its agents, representatives, and employees will have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of the prizes.
  5. Winners List: For a list of winners, a stamped, self-addressed envelope to "Flame Internet Underground Contest Winners List", 1920 Highland Avenue, Suite 222, Lombard, Illinois 60148. Requests for winners lists must be received by August 1, 1997. Allow 4 weeks for delivery of winners list.
  6. Restrictions: Void where prohibited or restricted by law. All federal, state and local regulations apply.
  7. Sponsors: This contest is solely sponsored by Ziff-Davis Inc. Internet Underground is a trademark of Ziff-Davis, Inc. ™ 1997 Ziff-Davis Inc. All Rights Reserved. Printed in USA.