TB2000 forum spammers

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I've been a lurker on this forum for a year now. This is a great forum with (mostly) good people who are only interested in protecting their families. I am sickened at the behavior of Lady Logic. She needs to see a psychologist at the very least. Lets all ignore this very sick woman and continue our work. Good work Diane and all the moderators. Thanks.

-- Jeanne (jcd51@webtv.net), February 18, 2000


My feelings exactly Jeanne.

Thanks to Diane and all the Sysops who attempt to keep this great "find" on the internet a somewhat civil place in cyberspace.

Differences of opinion are welcomed and debated intelligently, by the vast majority of the "guests" on this forum.

It's a shame some folks don't realize everyone here are "guests" and when the host and so many of the other "guests" request you to go away, and you don't, something is seriously amiss.

Y2K Pro, Ladylogic, and any other trolls or spammers, PLEASE pay attention, do something else to amuse yourself, GROW UP!

Let us enjoy the discourse we choose and leave us alone.

Doesn't seem to much to ask, now does it?

-- Michael (michaelteever@buffalo.com), February 18, 2000.

Well, I'm not sickened, only annoyed. America is the last great bastion for spammers. Those who are enlightened will tolerate SPAM for a limited time only, restrictions may apply. The remnant will gripe and not be satisfied. Ever...

Meanwhile, I'll download some more files from other sites and check back on the stamina of the TB hardliners. 8^)

-- dinosaur (dinosaur@williams-net.com), February 18, 2000.

Michael: I could not agree with you more - Question: What is a Troll and What is a Polly, specifically?

-- Bob (bmoss3@prodigy.net), February 18, 2000.


This question has been answered and debated on this forum in the past, the answers were much better than I could provide.

If someone would provide a link, I'm sure it would be appreciated.

-- Michael (michaelteever@buffalo.com), February 18, 2000.

Thanks Michael for responding in a civilized manner - Question: Why is there spamming all a of sudden?

-- Bob (bmoss3@prodigy.net), February 18, 2000.

Fear, I think.

I have no skills to analyze peoples behavior, just an "educated" guess.

Wish I could add more. I just don't have the answer.

-- Michael (michaelteever@buffalo.com), February 18, 2000.

Bob, try here: Deciphering the jargon: troll, OT, TEOTWAWKI, etc.

-- David L (bumpkin@dnet.net), February 18, 2000.

David: Thank You

-- Bob (bmoss3@prodigy.net), February 18, 2000.

Just a nitpick---my understanding of the term "spammer" is that it describes someone who is selling something in an inappropriate way on the internet. I don't think there was ever much huckstering on TB2000.

If this is true, then LL is not a spammer. She is a troll (a provocateur whose posts are intended to be irritating, obnoxious and disruptive) and at times she is a flamer (someone whose posts are insulting, hostile and crude). Often her flames are in response to someone else's flame (a flame war).

-- (nemesis@awol.com), February 19, 2000.

From: Y2K, ` la Carte by Dancr (pic), near Monterey, California

Bob, see Y2K for Newcomers

SPAM is any unwanted material, as in the Monty Python skit in which the waiters keep offering various SPAM dishes after the customers have made it clear that they don't want any. It's intellectual harassment.

-- Dancr (addy.available@my.webpage), February 19, 2000.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

spam /vt.,vi.,n./

[from "Monty Python's Flying Circus"] 1. To crash a program by overrunning a fixed-size buffer with excessively large input data. See also buffer overflow, overrun screw, smash the stack. 2. To cause a newsgroup to be flooded with irrelevant or inappropriate messages. You can spam a newsgroup with as little as one well- (or ill-) planned message (e.g. asking "What do you think of abortion?" on soc.women). This is often done with cross-posting (e.g. any message which is crossposted to alt.rush-limbaugh and alt.politics.homosexuality will almost inevitably spam both groups). 3. To send many identical or nearly-identical messages separately to a large number of Usenet newsgroups. This is one sure way to infuriate nearly everyone on the Net.

The second and third definitions have become much more prevalent as the Internet has opened up to non-techies, and to many Usenetters sense 3 is now (1995) primary. In this sense the term has apparantly begun to go mainstream, though without its original sense or folkloric freight -- there is apparently a widespread belief among lusers that "spamming" is what happens when you dump cans of Spam into a revolving fan.

troll /v.,n./

[From the Usenet group alt.folklore.urban] To utter a posting on Usenet designed to attract predictable responses or flames. Derives from the phrase "trolling for newbies" which in turn comes from mainstream "trolling", a style of fishing in which one trails bait through a likely spot hoping for a bite. The well-constructed troll is a post that induces lots of newbies and flamers to make themselves look even more clueless than they already do, while subtly conveying to the more savvy and experienced that it is in fact a deliberate troll. If you don't fall for the joke, you get to be in on it.

Some people claim that the troll is properly a narrower category than flame bait, that a troll is categorized by containing some assertion that is wrong but not overtly controversial.

-- corned (beef@and.cabbage), February 19, 2000.

My 2 cents: Spamming boards just raises peope's ires and doesn't do much good.

If you don't like a board, its contents, the people, or what it represents, at least be courteous and abide by the golden rule. Let it be, DON'T ANTAGONIZE and DON'T GO BACK. This applies to TB2000, Biffy, or any other board.

Common sense 101, plain and simple.

-- Tim (pixmo@pixelquest.com), February 19, 2000.

I stand semi-corrected. Thanks. Two years from now these Net words will have morphed or disappeared and there will be many new ones to indigest.

-- (nemesis@awol.com), February 19, 2000.

I don't think there was ever much huckstering on TB2000

OH MY F*%&ING GAWD!!!!!!!


(SOMEONE wasn't paying attention during the debacle....*snicker*)

-- huckstering (doomers@were.everywhere), September 26, 2002.

I don't think there was ever much huckstering on TB2000

OH MY F*%&ING GAWD!!!!!!!


SOMEONE wasn't paying attention during the debacle....*snicker*

Fasteddyyourdonefor was SELLING every chance he got.

He sold the doombrood on his big-brain, then BAILED OUT once he fleeced the flock.

-- huckstering (doomers@were.everywhere), September 26, 2002.

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