Subject:    101 Ways to be Obnoxious on Usenet
From: (alan meiss)
Date:       01 Aug 1995 00:00:00 GMT
Newsgroups: rec.humor
Message-ID: <3vm96v$^gt;

by Alan Meiss


Note to the profoundly impaired: this list is intended as humor, and
consists mostly of things that you should NOT do. NOT NOT NOT do. Once
more, slowly, d-o-n-'-t d-o t-h-e-s-e t-h-i-n-g-s. If you do, you're a
bad, naughty person. Bad person! Naughty! Naughty, *bad* person! Ok, now
that *that's* out of the way, without further ado...


  1.  Post a message asking how to post messages.

  2.  Lead a tireless crusade for the creation of newsgroups with silly
      names like

  3.  Put 4 addresses, 5 lines of "Geek Code", 6 ASCII-art bicycles, a PGP
      key, and your home phone in your signature.

  4.  Reinvigorate a discussion by switching attributions in followups.

  5.  Post recipes on rec.pets.cats.

  6.  Post a compendium of old articles from a thread that died months ago
      with a title such as "*** HAS JOE SMITH FORGOTTEN HIS LIES? ***"

  7.  Post a 56-part binary MPG file of your dog throwing up to
      news.answers. Announce that you screwed it up and repeat.

  8.  On the MST3K groups, ask what happened to Joel.

  9.  Ask readers of to post their favorite Zeppelin tune
      "for a poll".

 10.  Reacquaint the readers of rec.humor with the "two-strings-go-in-a-bar"

 11.  Determine a perversion so bizarre or obscure that it doesn't yet
      have its own sex group.

 12.  Post your new "War Heroes of India" FAQ to soc.culture.pakistan.

 13.  Start this week's new AOL virus rumor.

 14.  Format your posts for 90 columns (or 20).

 15.  Provide a valuable public service by notifying the eager readers of
      roughly 1,200 newsgroups of your new "HOOTERAMA" phone sex service or
      "PorqWhiffe" pheramone cologne.

 16.  Post elaborate conspiracy theories to talk.politics.misc detailing
      how ATF agents under the control of Chelsea Clinton and Socks have
      implanted invisible microchips in your genitals.

 17.  Fill that empty mailbox, make new friends, delight your postmaster,
      and selflessly lead others to riches with a few "MAKE MONEY FAST"

 18.  Attempt to sell your sweaty underwear in

 19.  Follow up a 200-line post to add only your signature.

 20.  Crosspost Amiga articles to the Mac and PC newsgroups for a valuable
      interchange of provocative ideas.

 21.  Announce a mailing list for Bill Gates' VISA card number.

 22.  Inform the readers of that your friend at a particular
      address is taking a penis length survey, and the first 1000 people to
      send him their measurements will receive free naked pictures of Cindy

 23.  Correct every spelling mistake you encounter, but misspell the word
      "imbecile" in your followup flames.

 24.  Flame yourself, and complain to your own postmaster.

 25.  Ask readers of the Star Trek groups when they last had dates.

 26.  Post personal ads on groups such as listing your work
      phone number.

 27.  Post under the name Dave Rhodes.

 28.  Followup every post in a newsgroup ranking them on a scale from 1 to 10.

 29.  Establish your own little Usenet niche by writing a Wink Martindale FAQ.

 30.  Advise other readers to ftp to for "really cool nudie pics".

 31.  Post daily word searches to rec.puzzles.

 32.  Post your trig homework to sci.math and ask the readers to e-mail you
      the answers, since you "don't read the group".

 33.  Provoke insightful and productive debates on fresh new topics such as
      abortion, gun control, the existence of God, penile circumcision, and
      the relative superiority of Mac or PC operating systems.

 34.  Pick a cutesy handle that inspires vicarious embarrassment in other
      readers, such as "SoHot4U", "SokSnifer", or "WetNWild".

 35.  Maintain a high-level of constructive decorum by addressingsomeone
      with whom you disagree as "monkey boy".

 36.  Inform the readers of the sex groups that they're "going straight to
      hell", and then proceed to followup a variety of titillating posts.

 37.  Post to alt.folklore.urban that this guy that a friend of your
      uncle's ex-girlfriend's boss knew received the donated heart of River

 38.  Relentlessly inform the readers of groups such as rec.pets.iguanas
      or sci.agriculture of your UFO, JFK, OJ, NRA, NSA, Nutrasweet, and
      Azeri genocide theories. Relate them all to sunspot activity and
      ancient astronauts.

 39.  Post instructions telling other readers how to put you in their

 40.  Post whining, misspelled, and vaguely creepy personal ads in wildly
      inappropriate newsgroups, and followup to berate the readers for not

 41.  Announce that a particular site has opened up a new combination OJ
      Jury Info/Homemade Bombs/Kiddie Porn/Scientology Documents/Computer
      Subliminal Hypnosis ftp archive.

 42.  Construct a device that lets your pets post to Usenet by pawing or
      pecking a feeder bar.

 43.  Post the Niemann Marcus cookie recipe to

 44.  Eliminate nearly all meaningful traffic on a newsgroup for weeks by
      challenging its readership to come up with as many synonyms as possible
      for the word vomit.

 45.  Accuse other posters of being AI experiments, Perl scripts, or Emacs

 46.  Claim that you can see "hidden images" in another person's posting
      when you cross your eyes.

 47.  Ask Austrian readers about kangaroos.

 48.  Ask Australian readers about alpine skiing.

 49.  Include Rush lyrics or Rush quotes in all your posts.

 50.  Accuse female posters of being male.

 51.  Make an anonymous posting accusing others of cowardice.

 52.  Accuse a fellow AOL or Prodigy subscriber of being a "newbie" because
      their 3 months on the net are dwarfed by your own span of 4.

 53.  Insist that anyone objecting to your compulsive fascination with
      consuming the flesh of strangled disabled minors is "judgemental".

 54.  If you've grown tired of typing, effectively end a thread by accusing
      others of being Nazis.

 55.  Ask readers of soc.culture.nordic whether the Swedish Chef has a

 56.  Write and regularly post a FAQ about yourself.

 57.  Post graphic descriptions of your bowel movements, genital sores,
      and various suppurating wounds to alt.tasteless.

 58.  Ask readers of for urgent, step-by-step instructions on
      removing arrows, or inquire why all your extremities have turned dark

 59.  Insist that there's no such state in the U.S. as "New Mexico".

 60.  Post only in Esperanto.

 61.  Claim a copyright on the word "Usenet", and followup with a bill all
      posts you encounter that contain it.

 62.  Sell "posting permits" in news.announce.newusers.

 63.  Post single-part text messages in MIME format.

 64.  Ask the readers of rec.sewing whether any of them want to be the
      drummer for your new band, "Death Monkeys".

 65.  Claim to be an amorous highschool cheerleader while posting under a
      name such as "Robert Bradley Smith, Jr."

 66.  In the spirit of purest optimism, ask other readers to followup with
      their account passwords and credit card numbers.

 67.  Why use a single question mark or exclamation point when you can use
      at least thirty?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

 68.  List a cute organization name in your header, such as "Canadians for
      Global Warming".

 69.  Insult a poster from another nation based on his country's performance
      in World War II.

 70.  Post vitriolic, frothing, hair-trigger flames in polite newsgroups, as
      if you were a testosterone-crazed adolescent debating which shotgun is
      superior in

 71.  Followup spam posts in the belief that the originator, who probably
      follows the group closely and is desperately curious about receiving
      feedback, will see your impassioned plea and be so moved by your
      lengthy, point-by-point indictment of their conduct that they pledge
      to desist from such activity for all time.

 72.  Regardless of its accuracy, followup another post with the line
      "BZZZT! Wrong answer!" or "Hello! McFly!"

 73.  Use a 120-line ASCII graphic of Spock as your signature.

 74.  Post to soc.culture.women asking "what's your favorite brand of oven
      mitt, little ladies?"

 75.  Post to news.annnounce.newusers asking if there are any nurses in
      Portland willing to spank you. Followup with an apology. Followup again
      with the original article.

 76.  Post with a newsreader that replaces punctuation marks with strange,
      non-ASCII characters.

 77.  Steer all debates to your own pet subjects of expertise, regardless of
      their relevance.

 78.  Make it clear from your postings that you've a profound inability to
      distinguish "The X Files" as fiction.

 79.  Insist that another poster is really Serdar Argic or Kibo.

 80.  Post 20-part encoded image files from NASA ftp archives that you claim
      show clear evidence of alien settlements.

 81.  Insinuate vague conspiracies in all your posts.

 82.  Spam post alarming ten-year-old files about Congressional bills to tax
      modem usage "in the name of freedom".

 83.  Claim that unidentified government agencies are censoring your posts.

 84.  Ask readers to collect aluminum pop-tops on behalf of Craig Shergold.

 85.  Ask readers of comp.sci.algorithms how to get Super Mario to the


 87.  omit all punctuation

 88.  omitallspaces


 90.  Ask the readers of where to purchase
      Cantor and Siegel's book.

 91.  Post the phone number of the Michigan Militia to alt.conspiracy as the
      "Classified ATF Secret Hotline".

 92.  Compose an exhaustively researched 15-part FAQ detailing the favorite
      movie musicals of relatives of the Deep Space Nine cast. Post it weekly
      in its entirety.

 93.  Strive to ensure that no two consecutive words in your posts are
      correctly spelled.

 94.  Enrich the lives of thousands with a thoughtful and impassioned debate
      on the topic "AOL users suck".

 95.  Dispense essential and priceless financial advice, such as the
      assertion that no one is legally required to pay taxes.

 96.  Demand that others cease using the letter e, as you find it "dply

 97.  Post to insisting that "Curt Kobain should leave Pearl
      Jam since they'll never tour again."

 98.  Assume that the entire Usenet hierarchy shares your interest in
      helping lonely Ukrainian lasses find love.

 99.  Followup another person's posts every twelve minutes to accuse them of

100.  Followup two dozen of another person's posts to accuse them of
      harassing you. Send copious e-mail if you're ignored.

101.  Start pointless debates over topics such as whether Whoopi Goldberg
      has eyebrows, what happens when you cross the International Dateline,
      and whether the bad guy in Popeye cartoons was named "Bluto" or "Brutus".

                    / Alan Meiss,, IU CS Grad Student \
                    |--- Visit Alan's archive of his humor files at: ----|
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