Re: That "Layne" incident (possibly useful information, not just whining!)
Maybe that's the same trick that got him on the list in the first place...
On Sun, 2 Sep 2001, Wade Richards wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> On Sat, 01 Sep 2001 22:36:44 MDT, John Galt writes:
> >Yeah, but when's the last time you heard from him? Methinks that he got
> >hit by a clue-by-four or is otherwise incommunicado...
> I can't be 100% sure, but I think I know how we were rid of Layne.
> First of all, it was obvious from his posting that he didn't want to be
> removed from the list, he wanted to e-mail obscenities in reply to each
> message he received (he even said "I don't want to have to click anywhere
> to be removed, you &##%#$#^# should remove me", or something to that
> effect). Telling him how to unsubscribe was simply "feeding the troll".
> I sent Layne a polite message explaining how to remove himself from the
> list. The subject of the message was "unsubscribe", and the "Reply-to"
> header of the message was "email@example.com".
> A assume that Layne replied to my mail with yet another string of insults.
> I also assume that Layne was not smart enough to notice that the
> "Reply-to:" field was set to someone other than me. I assume that the
> list-processing software at "firstname.lastname@example.org" is
> smart enough to unsubscribe someone if the subject is "Re: unsubscribe"
> instead of just "unsubscribe".
> As I said, I'm not 100% sure it was my trick that got rid of Layne, but
> his messages did stop very shortly after I did this.
> So now everyone has a new trick to use the next time some 14-year-old gets
> subscribed to a mailing list and wants to demonstrate his power by
> annoying everyone.
> --- Wade
> PS: Yes, I know that this mail is full of assumptions pretending to be
> facts. They're all educated guesses. If you happen to *know* that one of
> my guesses is wrong, please let me know. If you have a different guess,
> then we can disagree quietly.
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