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  • EFF's (Extended) Guide to the Internet - Flame and Blather and Spew
    attackers for impugning this poor soul You get the idea Every so often a discussion gets so out of hand that somebody predicts that either the government will catch on and shut the whole thing down or somebody will sue to close down the network or maybe even the wrath of God will smote everybody involved This brings what has become an inevitable rejoinder from others who realize that the network is in fact a resilient creature that will not die easily Imminent death of Usenet predicted Film at 11 Flame wars can be tremendously fun to watch at first They quickly grow boring though And wait until the first time you re attacked Flamers are not the only Net characters to watch out for Spewers assume that whatever they are particularly concerned about either really is of universal interest or should be rammed down the throats of people who don t seem to care as frequently as possible You can usually tell a spewer s work by the number of articles he posts in a day on the same subject and the number of newsgroups to which he then sends these articles both can reach well into double digits Often these messages relate to various ethnic conflicts around the world Frequently there is no conceivable connection between the issue at hand and most of the newsgroups to which he posts No matter If you try to point this out in a response to one of these messages you will be inundated with angry messages that either accuse you of being an insensitive racist American whatever or ignore your point entirely to bring up several hundred more lines of commentary on the perfidy of whoever it is the spewer thinks is out to destroy his people Closely related to these folks are the Holocaust revisionists who periodically inundate certain groups such as soc history with long rants about how the Holocaust never really happened Some people attempt to refute these people with facts but others realize this only encourages them Blatherers tend to be more benign Their problem is that they just can t get to the point they can wring three or four screenfuls out of a thought that others might sum up in a sentence or two A related condition is excessive quoting People afflicted with this will include an entire message in their reply rather than excising the portions not relevant to whatever point they re trying to make The worst quote a long message and then add a single line I agree or some such often followed by a monster signature see section Big Sig There are a number of other Usenet denizens you ll soon come to recognize Among them Net weenies These are the kind of people who enjoy Insulting others the kind of people who post nasty messages in a sewing newsgroup just for the hell of it Net geeks People to whom the Net is Life who worry about what happens when

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  • EFF's (Extended) Guide to the Internet - Killfiles
    writing about AMC for example for All My Children This way people who only want to read about One Life to Live can blank out all the messages about The Young and the Restless and all the others to keep people from accidentally screening out messages that might contain the letters gh in them General Hospital viewers always use gh in their subject lines Both nn and rn let you create killfiles but in different ways To create a killfile in nn go into the newsgroup with the offending messages and type a capital K You ll see this at the bottom of your screen AUTO k ill or s elect CR Kill subject 30 days If you hit return nn will ask you which article s subject you re tired of Chose one and the article and any follow ups will disappear and you won t see them again for 30 days If you type a lower case k instead you ll get this AUTO KILL on s ubject or n ame s If you hit your S key or just enter you ll see this KILL Subject Type in the name of the offending word or phrase and hit enter You ll then be prompted KILL in g roup eff test or in a ll groups g except that the name of the group you see will be the one you re actually in at the moment Because cascaders and other annoying people often cross post their messages to a wide range of newsgroups you might consider hitting a instead of g Next comes Lifetime of entry in days p ermanent 30 The P key will screen out the offending articles forever while hitting enter will do it for 30 days You can also type in a number of days for the blocking Creating killfiles in rn works differently its default killfile generator only works for messages in specific groups rather than globally for your entire newsgroup list To create a global killfile you ll have to write one yourself To create a killfile in rn go into the newsgroup where the offending messages are and type in its number so you get it on your screen Type a capital K From now on any message with that subject line will disappear before you read the group You should probably choose a reply rather than the original message so that you will get all of the followups the original message won t have a Re in its subject line The next time you call up that newsgroup rn will tell you it s killing messages When it s done hit the space bar to go back into reading mode To create a global kill file that will automatically wipe out articles in all groups you read start rn and type control K This will start your whatever text editor you have as your default on your host system and create a file called KILL in your News subdirectory

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  • EFF's (Extended) Guide to the Internet - Some Usenet hints
    help most of the time by typing a question mark the exception is when you are writing your own message because then you are inside the text processing program In rn type a lower case h at any prompt to get some online help When you re searching for a particular newsgroup whether through the l command in rn or with nngrep for nn you sometimes may have to try

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  • EFF's (Extended) Guide to the Internet - Brain-tumor Boy and Modem Tax
    Letter Net users sometimes like to think they are smarter or somehow better than everybody else They re not If they were nobody on the Net would ever have heard of Craig Shergold the Brain Tumor Boy or the evil FCC s plan to tax your modem And you wouldn t keep seeing the same dumb chain letter Alas all of these are here to stay Just when they seem

    Original URL path: http://web.teipir.gr/eegtti/eeg_81.html (2016-02-14)
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  • EFF's (Extended) Guide to the Internet - Craig Shergold
    the boy s wish had changed he now wanted to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest postcard collection Word spread around the world People by the millions sent him postcards Miraculously the boy lived An American billionaire even flew him to the U S for surgery to remove what remained of the tumor And his wish succeeded beyond his wildest dreams he made the Guinness Book of World Records But with Craig now well into his teens his dream has turned into a nightmare for the post office in the small town outside London where he lives Like Craig himself his request for cards just refuses to die inundating the post office with millions of cards every year Just when it seems like the flow is slowing along comes somebody else who starts up a whole new slew of requests for people to send Craig post cards or greeting cards or business cards Craig letters have truly taken on a life of their own and begun to mutate Even Dear Abby has asked people to stop What does any of this have to do with the Net The Craig letter seems to pop up on

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  • EFF's (Extended) Guide to the Internet - The Modem Tax
    bulletin board systems bombarded it with complaints about this modem tax Now every couple of months somebody posts an urgent message warning Net users that the FCC is about to impose a modem tax This is NOT true The way you can tell if you re dealing with the hoax story is simple it ALWAYS mentions an incident in which a talk show host on KGO radio in San Francisco

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  • EFF's (Extended) Guide to the Internet - The Chain Letter
    to run into a message titled Make Money Fast It s your basic chain letter The Usenet version is always about some guy named Dave Rhodes who was on the verge of death or something when he discovered a perfectly

    Original URL path: http://web.teipir.gr/eegtti/eeg_84.html (2016-02-14)
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  • EFF's (Extended) Guide to the Internet - Big Sig
    alt fan warlord newsgroup which exists solely to critique sigs that go too far such as T H E M E G A B I G S I G C O M P A N Y Annoying people with huge net signatures for over 20 years The difference between a net idiot and a bucket of shit is that at least a bucket can be emptied Let me further illustrate my point by comparing these charts here pulls out charts Here we have a user who not only flames people who don t agree with his narrow minded drivel but he has this huge signature that takes up many pages with useless quotes This also makes reading his frequented newsgroups a torture akin to having at 300 baud modem on a VAX I might also add that his contribution to society rivals only toxic dump sites Robert A Dumpstik Jr President of The Mega Big Sig Company September 13th 1990 at 4 15pm During his speech at the Net abusers Society Luncheon during the 1990 Net idiots Annual Convention Thomas Babbit III 5th Assistant to the Vice President of Sales Digital Widget Manufacturing Co 1147 Complex Incorporated Drive Suite 215

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