scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: TRASH!!!!
Thu Aug 10 2000 - 07:53:46 CDT
Norman, et all
As the person who responded to the trash by posting TRASH!!!! let me
make several points.
1. I agree with you on your point about "mailbombing".
2. The site that bears the Calaway name was contacted by a few with no
response either affirming or denying culpability, or asserting that
someone else misused the site.
3. Charity has nothing to do with the subject - absent reasonable
alternative explanations - the invention of increasingly implausable
explanations is as speculative and lacking of energy as ripples are with
the increasing distance from the splash.
4. Apply Occam's Razor. Absent a denial, don't invent exculpatory
5. You're correct that the "detective work" wouldn't stand up in court.
However, the misuse of a unit's website has been brought to the
attention of the Council Executive for closer review. Let the Eastern
Arkansas Area Council act reasonably in this matter, but act.
6. No, you're not the only one to speculate broadly about alternative
miscreants or viruses.
7. No one has accused Calaway of being "creative" enough to originate
the text. At issue is the (mindless?) retransmission of politicized
material over a Scout-related site and the harvesting of names from
another Scout-related site
Now, do some role playing. If gaelwolf.com were misused by an invader,
visitor, or gremlin - what would you do? Remain silent? Do you have a
firewall, or password protected posting?
> Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2000 08:23:34 -0700
> From: Norman MacLeod <gaelwolf@WAYPT.COM>
> Subject: Re: TRASH!!!!
> Before rushing to judge too harshly, please consider a few things...
> Mailbombing someone you disagree with ("...replied about 1000 times, it was
> fun...") is a really dirty trick. Not only does it let someone know you are not
> happy, but it can have a negative effect on the person's Internet service
> provider. particularly if others join in on the "fun". If the person is posting
> from an account at work, and you mailbomb, then perhaps you can, with the "help"
> of like-minded folks, crash the company server. Is that fun, too?
> Several on the list have been quick to leap to the conclusion that Mr. Calaway
> was the one that sent the oft forwarded message. Perhaps he lives in a home
> with more than one person? Perhaps some of the people in that house are
> politically active to one degree or another? Did anyone have the charity to
> stop and think that maybe, just maybe, the message was forwarded by someone else
> in that home?
> If, again, Mr. Calaway is posting from work, could it just be possible that
> someone else uses the same computer, or that someone else might have been
> pranking? Perhaps this thing could even have inadvertently gone to everyone in
> the computer's address book? Viruses do that, don't they...?
> If you are attacking this individual for the forwarded posting, how does that
> equate with your American ideal of innocent until proven guilty? (The level of
> "detective work" displayed would certainly NEVER stand up in a court of law,
> now, would it? Am I the only one who sees room for reasonable doubt here?)
> ...With the Scout-like behaviour you are touting to the quickly presumed