[Air-l] an emerging social phenomenon on the web

elijah wright elw at stderr.org
Sun Nov 27 05:47:31 PST 2005

1) Subject line.  This has zilch to do with "the web".  Usenet exists
    independent of HTTP, HTML, WWW, and related acronyms.  Sorry to

2) I haven't seen any evidence presented thus far that this is a "new"
    phenomenon, rather than just 'new reporting' of an extant phenomenon -
    the massive amounts of spam ("noise") posted to usenet.

I guess what I'm saying is that a reasonable study, with data, would be 
nice.  Nth-hand reports aren't quite cutting it for me - and so I have to 
express my disbelief.  What I've seen so far has been worded rather 
suspiciously - in an almost paranoiac manner.

Someone cut to the chase?



On Sun, 27 Nov 2005, Derek McMillan wrote:

> Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2005 10:55:50 -0000
> From: Derek McMillan <derekmcmillan1951 at yahoo.co.uk>
> Reply-To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
> To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
> Subject: [Air-l] an emerging social phenomenon on the web
> Groups of posters (who for all I know could have consisted of one person!)
> have hijacked usenet newsgroups for the purpose of posting irrelevant
> material in vast quantities and swamping the group. This was on top of all
> the spam.
> I have shifted to using moderated boards rather than usenet now because of
> this.
> I have never been personally attacked although my views have attracted
> vigorous criticisms - I particularly remember a heated exchange with
> fascists in Kent whose main issue was they hated people from Sussex!
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