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The war between alt.tasteless and rec.pets.cats

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  1. [3]
    Wren
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    Well that aged poorly.

    The Internet, as you probably know, is anarchic, not owned by anyone, and monitored mainly at its ever-expanding edges by the system administrators who sell or give people access.

    Well that aged poorly.

    11 votes
    1. [2]
      Kuromantis
      Link Parent
      A few more quotes of this type: "Free speech" has practically become a political meme at this point. If you're a moderator/minority group, this can often be an average day sometimes. People do...

      A few more quotes of this type:

      "Let's say Joe Smith posted a message to rec.pets.cats, full of descriptions of how he likes to mutilate cats," Kolling explains. "You can set the kill file to get rid of the messages of Joe Smith." And that is precisely what she taught her friends to do. It worked for a while, until alt.tasteless people began "counterfeiting names so you wouldn't know it was Joe Smith," she says.

      If there were any rules for behavior in the first place, the people from alt.tasteless were clearly no longer playing by them. "That took it unquestioningly beyond freedom of speech," Kolling says.

      "Free speech" has practically become a political meme at this point.

      And then she started getting death threats.

      "I got mail from people telling me that they wanted to cut me up with knives, that they were going to tie me up and watch me squeal like a pig," Kolling says. "I got one message where the guy had enclosed my work address." They were all anonymous. So were the telephone calls, where someone would just listen to Kolling say "Hello? Hello?" and not hang up.

      It was disturbing.

      If you're a moderator/minority group, this can often be an average day sometimes. People do this for political gain and noone cares.

      In the long run, though, "I have political aspirations," Trashcan Man said. "I'm a member of the Republican Party on campus. I have often proclaimed that I am the future of the Republican Party."

      This could belong in an onion article.

      Anyway, shouldn't this be tagged history? The article is 25 years old and everything this article is talking about is long gone.

      7 votes
      1. dredmorbius
        Link Parent
        Good call on tag, added. And yes, this is ... illuminating.

        Good call on tag, added.

        And yes, this is ... illuminating.

        1 vote
  2. [2]
    markx2
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    Loved Usenet and everything that came with it - killfilters, flaming, threads that ran so deep, Godwin's Law, massive ASCII signatures attached to a "Yeah", the sheer variety of what could be...

    Loved Usenet and everything that came with it - killfilters, flaming, threads that ran so deep, Godwin's Law, massive ASCII signatures attached to a "Yeah", the sheer variety of what could be discussed.

    Then Google bought it - well, dejanews. And it went to hell

    Did it go to hell because of Google? Or did it get left behind as social media took off? Debate.

    I still love it for different reasons.

    3 votes
    1. dredmorbius
      Link Parent
      I've got my own thoughts of why Usenet died. Google ... despite numerous other sins ... played a minor role.

      I've got my own thoughts of why Usenet died.

      Google ... despite numerous other sins ... played a minor role.

      8 votes