Dave's usenet abuse FAQs

URL http://www.hyphenologist.co.uk/killfile  Last updated 3/11/2002

There is a big political argument on usenet about Trolls.   Some people, including the Trolls, believe that one should just ignore them and they will go away and disrupt some other part of usenet, and provided that they do not read the disrupted newsgroup, that is all fine and dandy.  A version of "St*ff you, I'm all right Jack"

Some believe that Killfiles are a total and complete answer to Trolls.  They believe that everyone using usenet should be an expert in using the killfile facilities on their newsreader.  They conveniently forget that newbies by definition do not have this expertise and are likely to unsubscribe from a heavily disrupted newsgroup.

Others, including me, believe that one should do what one can against them, and that killfiles are only a useful partial tool.

As a result I have coordinated these FAQs.

The Trolls hate these FAQs,  a sig which I use including this URL, and myself.   To "punish" me for actually opposing them they:  post libelous things about me all over the usenet,  follow up my posts with lies about me, forge my identity wholesale on usenet postings.  

Sorry but there is nothing I can do, except warn readers, what to expect.

Everyone is encouraged to  include a link to this page, wherever they think it appropriate.

Killfile FAQ  which is available in two versions:

An html version for reading

A text file to post in newsgroups

If you post this to a newsgroup, please quote the whole thing and add your own sig.   That will stop it being trapped as spam.

Anti Troll FAQ which is available in two versions

An html version for reading

A text file to post in newsgroups

If you post this to a newsgroup, please quote the whole thing and add your own sig.   That will stop it being trapped as spam.