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MFW Troll Filter FAQ

For Microsoft Windows Users

MFW (misc.fitness.weights) has always had trolls. Unfortunately, the current trolls have become unusually persistent; they appear to be truly dedicated to destroying the newsgroup or forcing newsgroup discussion to conform to their preconceived ideals. Therefore, Rusty Iron will now, and for the foreseeable future, offer this FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page on methods for efficiently and effectively isolating trolls while retaining valuable and/or entertaining newsgroup discussion. The methods discussed in this FAQ are not necessarily the best methods for isolating trolls; however, I have found them to be optimal for anyone who uses the most common MS Windows newsreaders, regardless of which news server or supplementary software one may have available.

1. How can I filter out trolls in Forté Agent?
2. How can I filter out trolls in Microsoft Outlook Express?
3. How can I filter out trolls in other newsreaders?
4. What about using NewsProxy/Nfilter for MS Windows?
5. Who are the known trolls and troll enablers in MFW?
6. What if I don’t want to read your newsgroup messages, either?

Observations by Fitnwell:

John Williams' work above is a complete and utter waste of effort and does nothing to address the problems his self-appointed task set out to redress. The fact is that Mr Williams is himself the most prolific troll and troll enabler, that MFW has ever known. He has used this opportunity to attempt to retrieve his former prominence in the Group, and to further discredit those that oppose his megalomania.

 


MFW Troll List

Known MFW Trolls

[Consistent characteristics listed in bold print]


Bill Davidson

User IDs: Constantly changing; too numerous to list
Email Addresses: Constantly changing; too numerous to list
IP Address: NNTP-Posting-Host: 71.195.133.223 & NNTP-Posting-Host: 68.186.244.138
Posting Characteristics: Pure troll; stated purpose is to destroy newsgroup; zero self-respect combined with an insatiable desire for attention; occasionally threatens to redouble his trolling efforts if he is ignored.  [Hints]



Henry H. Hansteen

User IDs: Hank, Henry
Email Addresses: Constantly changing; too numerous to list
IP Address:NNTP-Posting-Host: d7b161.dialup.cornell.edu
Posting Characteristics: Obsessed with leftist "progressive" political views and hatred for bu$h; constantly posts inflammatory political messages in MFW. [Hints]











 


John Williams

User IDs: John M Williams, The Enforcer, JMW
Email Addresses: JMW <[email protected]> JMW <[email protected]>
IP Address: NNTP-Posting-Host: 24.140.30.14 & NNTP-Posting-Host: 65.174.163.52
Posting Characteristics: A long-established troll and control freak at MFW, who has a very exaggerated sense of ability and importance and is ever anxious to air his pseudo knowledge. An obsessive person who takes all forms of disagreement or criticism very personally, and will hoard personal information about his perceived enemies to use against them. A persistent and insidious "cyber-stalker" who likes to hurt people and pursue them, he is a rabble-rouser who encourages strife and seeks constant support for his many feuds with other people. To be avoided.  [Hints]
 


 
Lee Michaels
User IDs: Lee Michaels
Email Addresses: "Lee Michaels" <[email protected]
IP Address: NNTP-Posting-Host: 24.18.181.16
Posting Characteristics: A rather unintelligent man who only makes this list because his prolific trolling is as the result of his slavish support for John Williams. Most of his input is childish name-calling and he is dedicated to discrediting the enemies of his hero. His input is mostly embarrassing as he is not particularly articulate, and he is woefully repetitive and has no sense of humour. He is without doubt a troll, but a very boring and spiteful example of the breed.  [Hints]


Troll Enablers
By: John Williams - Arch Troll

Troll enablers aren't necessarily trolls. They are fond of trolls, though. For some reason, they find an ongoing discourse with trolls to be stimulating. This results in encouragement of trolls who might otherwise be isolated. Although these troll enablers may not be intentionally destructive toward the newsgroup, they often become agitated when someone suggests that they cease accommodating known trolls. Sometimes, in order to isolate the trolls, their enablers must also be isolated. But be careful! Troll enablers may become even more angry and vengeful when you threaten to ignore them.

Deciding who is and is not a troll enabler is a matter of personal judgment. I have found that filtering the following email addresses in MFW has substantially reduced the repartee between the trolls and those who encourage them:

[email protected]


We are indebted to John M Williams for making much of this Troll information available to members of the MFW Newsgroup
With helpful additions and advice from the Web Master of Fitnwell

All commentary is strictly the opinion of the authors, as supported by writings verifiable at Google Groups.
Images and commentary posted pursuant to “fair use” provisions of 17 U.S.C. §107.
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