Post by email@example.com Post by John Baker
On Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:59:34 +0200, Malte Runz
Post by firstname.lastname@example.org
Which atheists do you consider to be doing much trolling?That is, which ones are the most insulting and contribute the least to discussions?
My vote goes to Hypatiab.
Yap is in second place
Jeanne Douglas is a close 3rd.
You don't have a vote here, Artie. Nobody gives a fuck what you think.
This is not a election to put politicians in office. Qualifications to register for voting do not apply. What I do have that you seem unaware of is the protection of the US Constitution, Amendment I, which reads:"Congress shall make no law restricting the freedom of speech or of the press...."
Get it, dimwit? If Congress may not silence me, you sure as hell may not.
Were you too busy flagging your dong to pay attention in 7th grade when they
tried to teach you about American law?
You know the First Amendment applies to government action to
silence people, as do the cognate state constitutional free
speech/press clauses, don't you? USENET isn't a government.
It is a network of networks, some privately owned. A governmental
entity may provide access. It started as a way to transfer mail
and files between 2 universities: 1 public (University of
North Carolina) and 1 private (Duke.) Any ISP or other
gateway to USENET can "shut a user up" by terminating access,
either because it doesn't want to host USENET at all or by
ruling a user has violated terms of service. These usually
list activities generally considered trolling, harassment
or legally questionable activity (copyright infringement,
making threats, posting child porn in the binary groups,
using USENET to commit wire fraud, etc.)
Flooding, spamming and excessive cross-posting are often expressly
forbidden in a TOS agreement. Even munging your headers may be
Since you enjoy reading about Supreme Court cases, find one
that says private internet providers nor private USENET
providers can't enforce these types of rules on their network.
No one, other than your ISP or USENET provider can expel
anyone from a group that isn't moderated. People can
"netcop" trolls and other black hats: report offending
posts to the relevant providers, so they can make a TOS
Dealing with the copyright violation problem, DMCA complaints from
those who own copyrights, etc is why many ISPs have stopped providing
newsgroup feeds the way they used to. When they still handled USENET
feeds, ISPs would TOSs users if they got enough complaints about such
I'd prefer it if people used some sense and has some $#@!& manners
and not spam, flood, troll, etc.