Never used Usenet but along with porn it helped get the WWW. off and going.
Back during the late 90's the first forum I ever participated was C-SPAN's community forum. I believe it was in 2001 or 02 that C-Span gave it the coup de grace.
It had little if no moderation because for one it was a political forum, First Amendment was the rule. And it didn't need any moderation because the members back then were civil. It was more of exchanging opinions than debating.
But the former Politico Community Forum was something else. No moderation what so ever. I think if there was 50 or a 100 complaints of a post or user the Politico would send someone into the forum to take a look. It was a perfect example of exercising the First Amendment.
Sometimes if not daily it would put the DP unmentionable place down below to shame.
What killed the Politico forum was spamming and the Politico not willing to spend the money to end the spamming.
It was a great forum. Unmoderated, and I still have habits from the late 90's and Usenet that get in the way in WWW groups.
I miss the unmoderated self-governed anarchy of the early internet. If you got consistantly out of line you were jumped on and shaken by the ears and if you proved yourself unable to play nicely you were killfiled by the group- cast into outer darkness where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth.
He who knows the least obeys the best.
Get there firstest with the mostest. Trust, but verify. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
Anyone who decides to set themselves on fire obviously has, or had some mental health problems.
I see trying to use a sad incident like this for political purposes as way over the line, but I am not surprised that some far right losers would do this.
As a matter of fact, I would be surprised if they didn't do this.
Last edited by shrubnose; 10-06-13 at 10:35 AM.
None of those things happened on a scale large enough for your to brand all Tea Party people "terrorists".
I didn't cheer Putin. I was embarrassed for the ineptitude of our president.
I didn't criticize him for talking to "them", I criticized him for being more willing to talk to Putin and Iran than he was his fellow citizens.
Who is cheering the news of a hurt American?
And I am indignant because you see fit to throw the name of "terrorist" around over policy disputes.