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Be Removed From The Forum?

On this thread at the bottom someone posted using OutingsR handle and the forum moderator caught them. The moderator repaced a portion of the post with [Edited-NOT posted by OutingsR]:

The thread in question


-- Ray (, June 05, 1999


And here's what followed, right on its heels --

"that's going a bit far, outings. True a dosn't contribute, but posting personal info is out of line

-- regular (, June 05, 1999."

Looks like the slimy impersonator tried to post somebody's personal info under this handle. Low, very low. Quiet says regular is Cherri aka Mutha Nachu and a few others -- you don't suppose it was sweet ole Mutha Nachu who did that. do you?

No, can't keep them off the forum, Ray. They'd only go get a free e-mail address and post again. Maybe the moderator should say who did it. That might discourage such low scheming.

Looking on the bright side, seems OutingsR is hitting too close to home if they go to that much trouble to attempt discrediting the handle. Wouldn't be anything to do with OutingsR exposing their talk about taking over and defusing Timebomb 2000, would it?

-- OutingsR (us@here.yar), June 05, 1999.

This is why I like the idea of posting IP addresses. <:)=

-- Sysman (, June 05, 1999.

Na-ah, Sysman. If that happened OutingsR would cease to exist. (OutingsR freely admits this is not the only handle used by he/she/they, but none belonging to others are used.) The Moderator can take care of slimeballs posting as others by telling us what handles they regularly post under. If someone deliberately uses somebody else's handle it would indicate whether or not that person's posts are credible. Anyone who steals someone else's ID is quite capable of twisting the truth to fit their own warped point of view.

To repeat -- what this tells you is that the trolls were really upset by OutingsR revealing their little plot to sabotage the forum. Thanks to the quick eyes and action of the moderator, the trolls failed in their attempt to discredit OutingsR -- in fact they have greatly enhanced the character's credibility.

-- OutingsR (us@here.yar), June 05, 1999.

Agree that those impersonating another poster should be identified. Agree that the impersonater should not be immediately removed, but he or she should be given a public reprimand. If the onerous behaviour is repeated, then the offender *should* be removed from the forum. Agree that IP numbers should not be viewable. My 2 cents.

-- RUOK (, June 05, 1999.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't " the forum monitors " have acsess to the ISP addy? What would the rest of us need them for, unless it was to attempt to trace an anon. poster?

Kick'um once for me OuttingsR,

-- CT (ct@no.yr), June 05, 1999.

Observing trolls. Asking them to clean up their behavior for us all. Regular posters included. Anyone is welcome to post anonymously. Remember your manners and use your own handle.

-- Another Quiet (Observer@watching.thetrolls), June 05, 1999.

OK, it was just a thought. The IP addr is in the message, don't know if the Greenspun software will pass it along. I guess it must, since "OutingsR" got caught. In any case I hope the new moderator stays on top of this crap. <:)=

-- Sysman (, June 05, 1999.

Oh, and except for a post or two by Kirk@enterprise.III, or something like that, I ALWAYS post here as Sysman. <:)=

-- Sysman (, June 05, 1999.

Sysman, we know. Fun is fun. ;) Intentional meanness/rudness/ profanity is no longer acceptable behavior. All contributors are welcome. Even heated flamers/just attack the message not the messenger. Intentional disruptors will be encouraged to leave or to post comments/information adding value. Polly/Doom or inbetween. Y2K on-topic and intelligence preferred though not required. ;)

-- Quiet (Observer@watching.them), June 05, 1999.

Does any serious Y2K-alert human require the necessity of posting a false E-mail address? Why would any intelligent poster wish to falsify an E-mail address and cause cyber distress?

Get real! Post who you are! Don't be a stupid git!

-- Randolph (, June 05, 1999.

Old Git:

I didn't mean to implicate you. :)

-- Randolph (, June 05, 1999.

Randolph: read the threads on whistleblowers.

-- a (a@a.a), June 05, 1999.

Hi Randolph, no offense taken. Impersonating someone then posting yet another's personal information is doubly malevolent. As Outings said, it looks as though he got a little bit too close to the truth about the trolls and they needed to discredit him in an attempt to salvage their own tarnished--no, CORRODED reputations. What little credibility they had is now gone. I would very much like to know who tried to post as Outings, so that I know not to trust ANYTHING that person says in the future.

-- Old Git (, June 05, 1999.

My only request is that those who start threads with fake email addresses PLEASE don't request email responses. I get really tired of my inbox filling up with failure notices.

-- Flint (, June 06, 1999.

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