Flames are actually not that bad. Gizmo has offered his approval to flames in the staff forum. He gave this approval when the crap just kept coming. There is no real reason why we can't close a topic after a few flames. It's not like we're a business and are afraid of losing the type of members which we have no respect for anyway.
But the fact of the matter it doesn't matter if we close or flame. Both say the same message. The only thing that matters right now is that many respected members are feeling that too many topics are being closed. That the board needs to "lighten up" a little.