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Re: news.admin.policy: A Report From the Front
>>> Who here has been in such a news war ...
I was involved in a slightly different news war a few years ago. I was
being harrassed by a particularly prolific news poster (at one point he
represented nearly 9% of the total USENET weekly volume), and it turned
out that I was running a site that had an NNTP feed to his site. I
talked with the admin there, found out their fan-out plan, and made
sure that anything I got from them got fanned out as soon as possible.
Except I would modify the message in subtle ways, like change the
attribution line from something like
From: [email protected] (John Q. Public)
From: [email protected] (Wimpy Math Grad Student)
Anyway, I was able to make my version of his postings "the" version by
hitting all the other sites his site fanned out to first. It was fun
for a while until he found out and tried to mail bomb me. Fortunately,
I was around when it started, and put a reflector in to send his bombs
back automatically piece by piece. His machine was a lowly VAX 750
running some backwater rev of 4.3 alpha-alpha, and sendmail promptly
sent the load to 40 and crashed the machine.
His PhD advisor was not amused.