On Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 12:44:04 PM UTC-4, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
Maybe one should also consider that without some of the off topic
discussion the newsgroup might be like most of the others that have
totally died out. The main problem I see is not that there is off topic
discussion, but that just a few posters that create 90% of the off
topic THREADS. When there are trolls saturating with one new thread
after another, then when some new person shows up looking for AHR stuff,
they will likely figure it's not worth posting, because there is only
one AHR thread for 25 or whatever off topic ones.
2 things at work here:
1. Stupid people unable to contain their political fervor but
unable to carry on a rational political discussion on the political
2. Possible Russian trolls seeing the advantage of disrupting everything
civilized society engages in, including discussing home repair.
We all want it. Personally I k-f all posters that are never on topic
whether I agree with them or not. Just looking at the k-f log, there
must be 100 in there from the past couple of days. Unfortunately ahr is
the most active ng and attracts all the attention seeking kooks.
IMO, a few slightly off topic posts are fine, but the sad part is the
obvious inconsiderate dumbasses who only give a shit about their own
self-righteous agenda. The worse part is those who respond to their
attention seeking idiocy.
You may reduce much of the clutter.
Thunderbird (you are using it):
select offending message.
clic the *Message* menu and
select *Create Filter From Message...*
in the box that opens:
give a name to the filter (example: Noise Filter)
clic "OK" to close the box.
at the bottom of the "Message Filters" list you
should find a "Run Now" button: click on it.
to close the list, click on the top-right corner "x".
To add the next offender, click on the unwanted message,
then clic on the *More* menu in the Text body and select
"View Source". Search for the "From:" field and
select/copy the string between "<" and ">" symbols.
(without the < and >).
click on the *Tools* menu and
select *Message Filters*
select the filter you name (i.e. Noise Filter).
if it is the first time, it is the only name.
clic on *Edit*
in the "Match" field select the
"Match any of the following" button.
clic on the "+" button.
paste the copied string in the added row empty field.
You won't catch the morphers, but still get rid of
a large bunch of messages.
Even if they start with a fixit project they will drift off
about something else. That's the way of most conversations,
I have something like 7 or 8 of the top 25 posters by quantity killfiled.
One gentleman has an odd sense of humor so he is still live. A couple
Thunderbird is really handy if a thread gets tooooooo long.
I'll bet your k-f list is the same as mine and probably most others here.
It was only recently that I learned about TB filter log and turned it
on. Glanced at it a moment ago and it was clogged from that crowd.
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