Re: Practical Joke

BearHeart / Bill Weinman (
Wed, 08 May 1996 11:18:02 -0500

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Date: Wed, 08 May 1996 11:18:02 -0500
From: BearHeart / Bill Weinman <>
Subject: Re: Practical Joke

At 03:32 am 5/8/96 GMT, Paul Derbyshire <> spake:
>Well, a week ago I strated getting all this *stuff* in my mailbox, about
>CGI programming to be exact. It persisted, and I decided to investigate by
>looking at message headers and stuff. Turns out some prankster forged a
>subscribe to put me onto some sort of cgi mailing list.

   I hate adding to the noise level on this list, but it's important 
to straighten this out.  

   Nobody here has forged anything, and I have no idea where this 
guy got his information.  He never contacted me about it. 

   I am the system administrator and list maintainer of the list 
and host in question, <>.  I just got back from 
Internet World in California and found this guy's complaints in 
my lists. 

   I checked my logs, and he subscribed himself.  I have his IP 
address in my logs as the one who sent the subscription request. 
Additionally, my logs showing that he got mailed the instructions 
about how to unsubscribe just like everyone else.  All of this went 
to the same mailbox on the same machine that he's been sending all 
his complaints from.  

   In conclusion, 

      1. He subscribed himself. 

      2. He unsubscribed himself. 

      3. He never contacted me directly to try to straighten this out. 

      4. He has tried to blame other people on at least two lists 
         that I know of. 

      5. I've notified his sysadmin. 

   I appologize to all of you for all this extra noise, but I felt 
this needed to get nipped in the bud. 

  BearNet Webmonster

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