In my blog entry Rants and Revelations Â» 4166 September, 1993, I expressed some hope that with AOL dropping Usenet access, it might mean that Usenet would go back to being the place where only the clueful hung out.
As usual when I express optimism like that, I spoke too soon. There is a new scourge on Usenet these days. It’s people accessing it through Google Groups (or other web interface) who think that Usenet is an invention of Google, and that Google is in charge of monitoring everybody’s behaviour. Representative quotes from this new breed of wankers:
- “I saw a couple of spams in this group. Where are the moderators?”
- “I’ll report you to Google if you don’t stop insulting me.”
- “Speak english, this is an American system!”