On Tue, 23 May 2023 12:30:45 -0700, Ernie of Trebizond wrote:
> Spammers selling medication have taken over our beloved
> alt.smoking.pipes group. Do we still have a moderator? What can we do?
First, never respond to a spam post. That tells the spammer
he has an audience. Better yet, never mention you have seen
a spam post. The spammer might have software searching for
any sign of an audience.
a.s.p. has never had a moderator. Some usenet groups have
a self-appointed tyrant of the group, and attempts are made
to rail at those not meeting local standards in any way,
but mostly that is pointless. Better to live and let live.
Most newsgroup readers have a means of deleting or sorting
spam, based on keywords or some other criteria. Learn how
to use it, or simply delete manually or ignore spam,
whichever seems to suit you better.
UNIX is not user-unfriendly, it merely
expects users to be computer friendly.