" Q: What is your policy on forgery?
A: We have a policy against a user of Dizum making posts in a way that
uses the email address of another user on Usenet or the Internet, in
an attempt to deceive readers of the true identity of the poster,
without that email address owner's permission. In addition, if you are
the victim or witness to a forgery, you may want to contact the
appropriate law enforcement agency so they may then contact us and
follow-up as they feel appropriate. If you feel that your email
address is being forged and you do not want to make use of the Dizum
mail2news gateway nor the Dizum remailer we can add that address to
the blockfile. This will disable any postings with that from line. "
Thomas J.Watson - Cabinetmaker (ret.)
tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet (real email)
Looks like the denizens of dizum are a plague on more than just the wreck. I'm told,
and have no desire to argue either way, that
anonymous remailers serve (or can serve) a valid purpose. But I'm sure that support
for pointless harassment is not that purpose and
that they would police their users. And before I get flamed for advocating a
restriction on first amendment rights, note that a
strict reading of the Constitution, as amended, only prevents the US Congress from
making laws abridging free speech. That is far
from being a blanket endorsement of free speech.
I assume the trolls are still at it. I notice that there are significantly more
headers available than Agent downloads when I get
new headers from the Wreck. I assume the difference are those that are filtered out
by NetProxy, nee nFilter.
Wichita, KS USA
You should note their slogan: "Dizum Internet Services: Your Internet
They explicitly say that they protect people from getting TOS
(termination of service) from flame wars; translated, they allow (and
partially exist to) people to be as rude as possible, quite possibly
beyond the person's ISP TOS (terms of service). Their quite clearly
stated position is that if you see something illegal going on then call
the cops, not them.
About the only thing that might get them to move on the issue is to find
the wreck twit using dizum to spam (which they do not approve of).
Other solutions are to complain to dizum's service provider (probably
limited success). There are solutions in the grey zone; for example,
enough people visit their web-site "regularly", then it might get a
little irritating to them. Submitting a *lot* of abuse reports might get
irritating. It also rides a fine legal edge. Anything beyond that is
quite possibly illegal and almost certainly an abuse of *your* ISPs TOS.
Basically, you have to live with it, for the most part. The miscreant is
a pain in the butt, but the recent virulent anti-catholic postings were
much more worrying to me, at least.
The miscreant is simple someone who has a fairly severe mental illness
and some obvious issues with aggression. I very much doubt he is
entirely successful keeping them out of real life and has probably had
run-ins with the law previously and will have further ones. Although he
is aggravating and rude, you should feel bad for him; this is a mental
illness, not just a jerk.
Forgery and fraud. What would YOU define as a "real crime"?
"Wars spring from unseen and generally insignificant causes, the first outbreak
being often but an explosion of anger." Thucydides
Deceitful conduct designed to manipulate another person to give
something of value by (1) lying, (2) by repeating something that is or
ought to have been known by the fraudulent party as false or suspect or
(3) by concealing a fact from the other party which may have saved that
party from being cheated. The existence of fraud will cause a court to
void a contract and can give rise to criminal liability.
I do not see any fraud.
Considering there was no apparent intent to do anybody out of any money
or to do (or incite) physical damage to anyone, I seriously doubt there
could be criminal charges that would even remotely stick.
Libel perhaps, but that is not criminal (but can be very serious).
Yes, they are crimes, but normally those crimes are used to gain items of
If a forger isn't really hurting someone other than smearing their name on
usenet and they aren't a public figure, the police probably wouldn't even
take a report.
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