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An editorial view from Mark Dodel, editor of the VOICE Newsletter.
What motivates trolls in Usenet? Do they just enjoy blindly attacking everyone
and everything? Many people have abandoned the comp.os.os2 Usenet groups because
of several very disturbed, and very persistent trolls that masquerade as OS/2 users,
but attack anyone that actually promotes OS/2.
Well I'm not trained as a psychiatrist so I can't really say why these people
are constantly there (don't they have jobs or at least go out to lunch once in a
while?) and any attempt to reason with them is futile. They have been at it for
years now. These guys are either seriously ill, or they are just so full of hate,
that the only real solution is to ignore them.
But how do you ignore it when they fill the groups with their asinine drivel
and lies? Well things have improved since the OS/2 community has come up with a
plan. This came about do to the insistence of 3 or 4 trolls to attack anyone that
mentions eComStation in the c.o.o news groups. They keep harping that these threads
on eComStation are SPAM, yet they start many of them themselves. Perhaps they are
just lonely. One of the FUDsters actually promotes his website "auctions"
where he sells used clothing and other junk, every chance he gets, while branding
as SPAM legitimate questions about eComStation, the OEM version of OS/2. Talk about
So how do we "air" out these news groups? Two methods have been devised.
The first plan is to add the phrase [FUD4] to the subject line, whenever
anyone replies to one of the trolls. That way anyone that wants to browse the news
groups, but eliminate all the nonsense can just use their news reader to filter
any messages from the trolling parties, and also filter on [FUD4] in the
subject header so they won't even see the replies that some people feel compelled
to make. Generally in the past I have asked people to refrain from replying to these
troublemakers, but when one is incessantly attacked, it becomes difficult to sit
by and say nothing.
So by adding the phrase [FUD4], one can reply and still be courteous to
those that want to participate in the OS/2 Usenet community, but don't want all
the trash. I'm not sure exactly who we have to thank for this inventive idea, but
many people have adopted it. As for those that don't, but continue to engage in
endless, circular threads with the garbage spewers, they can be filtered as well
to complete the process. Unfortunately that may mean losing some of their contributions,
but I suppose that is the price one has to pay for sanity.
The second method to eliminate the noise in Usenet, is to use a server that does
the filtering for you. And Jack Troughton has heard the call and setup such a beast.
Its called Jakesplace. The server URL is news://jakesplace.dhs.org.
You will want to read the announcement
group on his server to be clear on his policies in regard to filtering and use.
Jack isn't trying to hide anything, like those who are out to destroy what's left
of OS/2 community.
An added benefit to using Jake's server is that he brings together OS/2 related
news groups from many different private servers as well as the Usenet comp.os.os2
groups, so you only need to point your news reader to one place to access a world
of OS/2 information and help. This includes IBM's OS/2 groups (yes they have them
still), Scitech's, Mozilla, eComStation, Sundial Systems, and several non-english
OS/2 groups as well.
My own small contribution to this effort is to suggest that everyone that is
fed up with the sorry state of all these attacks should send a complaint to the
abusers ISP. It is by no means a permanent solution, as these troublemakers can
easily find a new ISP to get back at their one and only reason for being, but it
clears them out for a few days or even weeks.
To report these scofflaws, look in the headers of their post for a line that
says "X-Complaints-To: firstname.lastname@example.org" and forward the entire
offending post to that email address. Add a comment about how the person is abusive
and ask that they be investigated. Some ISPs are more stringent then others. But
even the most stubborn will finely police their subscribers if enough complaints
Ahhhh, isn't it nice to have a breath of fresh air in Usenet?
p.s. As a followup to last month's editorial where I asked readers to help with
a Warpstock 2002 survey, the survey is now completed and you can view a summary
of the results at http://warpstock.os2voice.org/Surveys/WS2002.html.
A big thank you to everyone that participated. I found the results somewhat unexpected
( 82 out of 188 who answered the question positively about OS/2 being used in their
place of employment was surprising to me, and of course a pleasant one.) We are
now working on making an Austin Warpstock 2002 a reality. An event team is being
formed, and as soon as we have a confirmed date and location we will let everyone
VOICE Newsletter Update:
We are always interested in your thoughts and views on subjects related to OS/2,
and would like to see opinion/editorial pieces as well as hardware/software reviews
and HowTo articles. If you can help by writing an article please contact me at email@example.com.
The Guidelines for Article Submissions to the VOICE Newsletter
page has been updated with the addition of some ideas for articles. Please take
a look and see if you can help us with an article for an upcoming issue. Some folks
find they enjoy telling about their OS/2 experiences. And you don't have to be a
VOICE member to write an article. VOICE is here to assist everyone, though joining
helps support our efforts. :-)
The Warp Doctor site: Have an idea for Warp Doctor?
You can send your comments directly to the Warp Doctor web guy Jeremy at firstname.lastname@example.org
or better yet attend one of our Warp Doctor Team meetings, weekly on IRC.
Everyone's help is required to keep this project going. Please note that beginning
January 7th, the team will meet every Sunday at 4PM EDT (21:00 GMT), on IRC in the
#warpdoctor channel on the WEBBnet IRC network. For more information on attending
online IRC meetings please see the VOICE Meeting Information page - http://www.os2voice.org/meetinginfo.html.
VOICE Online Update: This month we have general member
meetings on February 4 and 18 at 8PM EST (01:00 GMT). Everyone interested in OS/2
or eComstation is invited to attend either or both of these sessions. For more information
on attending online VOICE IRC meetings please see the VOICE Meeting Information
page - http://www.os2voice.org/meetinginfo.html.
This past month we had a very successful Speakup event with guest Achim Hasenmueller
of Innotek, the company that has provided many fascinating projects for the OS/2
community, including Flash/2, Co-Standby Server and of course VPC/2. A
log of the meeting can be found on the VOICE
IRC Transcripts page.
If you have an idea for a Speakup event, please submit it to email@example.com,
and we will try to schedule something. As always, please be sure to check out the
updated VOICE Future events Calendar in this newsletter
or on the VOICE website at http://www.os2voice.org/calendar.html
for more details on future VOICE events.
We are also planning on adding a new page to the VOICE site to allow small Freeware
and OS/2 User advertisements. Hopefully we can have something together for February.
But we need your help. If anyone is interested in this concept please send me an
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This would allow developers of freeware apps to advertise their products by having
a free banner ad on this page. Also OS/2-eCS users and OS/2 user groups could place
text ads seeking other OS/2-eCS users in their geographical area to start/promote
a user group or maybe just find someone to help them with a support problem or have
We are also revising our sponsorship levels to make it more affordable to sponsor
VOICE, and have banner ads on some pages of the Newsletter for shareware and commercial
OS/2 developers. You can view the status of that on our Sponsorship
page - http://www.os2voice.org/sponsorinfo.html.
This month in the VOICE Newsletter we start with an
article by Franke Berke, At a glance - new and updated
OS/2 software. Frank discusses some of the software he saw Demoed a couple
months ago at Warpstock Europe.
After that Paul Floyd has a review of DFSee "Swiss
Army knife of disk tools". Paul gives us some idea of the power contained
in this disk partitioning/repair application.
Next follows Manfred Agne with a look at Scilab's Xact
- an unsung hero. Manfred tells us why this is one of his favorite and surprisingly
versatile applications. And then Don Eitner gives us some comparison's of mp3 encoders
in his article Keeping Up With the Gates - mp3 encoding
Walter Metcalf gives us an Update on Current Warpdoctor
Status. If you've been out of touch with this major project of VOICE, or
weren't aware of it at all, Walter will bring you up to date on potentially one
of the greatest resources the OS/2 community may ever need.
Our last feature article of the month is a hardware review; 24X
CD Recording At an Affordable Price. Don Eitner looks at his latest purchase
and shows us how a relatively inexpensive IDE CDRW drive may be ready for your consideration.
Finally we have the VOICE Newsletter OS/2 Tips page
and the Letters, Addenda, Errata page. If you have
any OS/2 or eCS tips you've uncovered, please send them to email@example.com.
If you have any comments or suggestions about the newsletter or articles in it,
please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
That's it for this month. For the March issue so far we have an article on Useful
tools for hard disk maintenance by Eric Baerwaldt, an article on MP3 players by
Don Eitner and an article by Julien Pierre on assembling a dual Athlon machine for
Mark Dodel and Christian Hennecke
VOICE Newsletter editors
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