Frank Slootweg wrote:
> What "privacy reasons" could you have, when you're (currently)
> posting through Mixmin?
That's a perfectly valid question.
I have communicated quite a few times with Steve Crook, who runs
Mixmin, and I have given him advice which he has taken, which is
to both protect our privacy and to prevent misuse of his servers
(e.g., trolls, EMAK, spam, etc.).
What Steve does is his headers *always* show the same IP address
(hashed) for the NNTP Posting Host (he puts it in "injection-info")
for a given time period which is wholly up to him.
So, if I were to morph from home on Mixmin within that time period,
he'd show the *same* injection-info no matter what nym was used.
Since I use Pan, I have a different nym for each type of newsgroup,
which is controlled by the group preferences. So, by default, the
reply is the same nym since you can only set up one default nym
per newsgroup in Pan (AFAIK).
Obviously, you can override that manually, so I have a personal
rule that no two nyms post to the same thread ever (that's a
cardinal rule for me, which is only broken by mistake, once
every few years as I forget which nym started which thread since
I don't keep any records as the whole point is to be less trackable
by automated means).
I have never tried to hide who I am, and, in fact, I have even
emailed some of the people here (David Empson for one) using my
real email address. That's why I think it's so funny that they
think they're geniuses when they can find the Easter Egg hiding
in plain sight.
What's funnier is that they accuse dozens of people (who aren't
me) of being me. So, I guess their logic is fuzzier than reality.
> Why can't you use a single nym?
> Which 'problem' does your morphing solve?
If I were a "normal" person, I would do better with a single nym.
But, on some newsgroups, I post pictures of the workplace and
of projects I'm working on. And I post details about my equipment
such as serial numbers and MAC addresses for lookups.
I've probably posted a hundred or two hundred screenshots of my
iOS and Android devices for example, to this newsgroup, in the
honest effort to supply as much information as possible to teach
or to ask the question.
I've been on Usenet for decades. I know what a good poster should
do, and I'm highly responsive and spend a great amount of effort
documenting the steps involved, the errors, the setup, etc.
For example, by now, the veterans here can identify my Android
or iOS devices on sight, just from the way I highly organize my
single desktop absolutely perfectly:
There are literally hundreds of pictures like this. I've even
posted recordings of my voice discussing things with Apple
How many people on Usenet do you know who give out such a
*tremendous* amount of information in their posts?
I'm unique in that (or almost so).
Given that photo identification on the web is so easy nowadays,
I need to counterbalance all that information with a bit of
ambiguity so that the harvesters out there can't as easily
harvest it all together.
> Bottom line: Posting with a nym is fine, posting in a (nearly)
> untraceable way is fine, but EMAK (Excessive Morphing to Avoid
> Killfiles), and similar morphing, is not on. If you want to be taken
> seriously, you should act seriously.
The funny thing is that I have absolutely no need to avoid
Killfiles. None. Zip. Nada. Anyone who knows me, knows that I
am very responsive. I don't troll. I don't spam. I don't get
into arguing matches. I drop out when *they* troll. In fact,
since some guys here absolutely *must* have the last word, I'm
perfectly fine that they have the last word.
So, while I do plonk people, I only killfile those who provide
absolutely zero value. I, myself, strive to be responsive to
the question and to provide value, and you'll notice that
all my links are tested and all my iOS App Store and Google
Play App Store links are tested and documented fully (e.g.,
I say the name of the app, the developer, and I provide the
link *every* time). Most people just say "get the permission
manager", not even realizing there could be two dozen apps
called "permission manager", all of which are different.
So, absolutely NONE of my nym changing has anything whatsoever
to do with avoiding killfiles. If they want to killfile me,
they're welcome to, as anyone doing so isn't gonna add any
value to the thread anyway.
What's funny is that they killfile *other* people, thinking
they're me; but that's their issue (not mine).
Let me know if you have any questions as my strategy is to
be a very responsive and responsible Usenet poster, giving
out a *tremendous* amount of good information; but that
comes at a cost - which is that I use various methods to
remain as private as I can even as I give out a tremendous
amount of information.