Anybody want to get rid of those annoying posts?
- From: Roarmeister <Ebnezrvfgre2@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2008 22:16:02 -0600
Nope, not the Kenny vs. Obveeus educational debates...
I mean Mr. MI-5 and his cluttering up of your broadband connection.
-- Info courtesy of alt.satellite.gps.garmin
The MI5 poster: His name is Mike Corley, he is an IT professional but
alas he has mental health issues. Here are some details about Mike
Corley. He lives in London, UK. He first began his postings to
usenet, BBS, and forums in 1995, unsurprisingly first to
He has his own website: http://www.five.org.uk/
"There have been numerous newspaper articles and online thesis about
Mike's postings, this is a BBC article on the subject:"
"And amongst many other covers of the Mike Corley phenomenon there has
been a modern opera about this usenet legend:"
The problem is amplified by posters who reply to Mikes X-post floods
without snipping, and without removing the crossposts. But also Mike
Corley sets "follow-up" groups to his MI5 posts, this is where he
hasn't actually posted to a specific group but it's listed as
"follow-up" in the crossposts, the losers who reply, their posts show
up in groups that Mike wants flooded. Mike Corley has set uk.misc as
follow-up to all his posts, (which I've removed) it gets flooded with
the replies, and of course the X-posting. Mike Corley has been doing
this since 1995, and he knows what he is doing, he avoids
killfiles/plonk/block by morphing and using pay-as-you-go dial-up.
Filters rarely have an effect as in this example, if you set the
criteria as "MI_5", then the flood morph to "MIfive" or whatever. He
doesn't post via google despite the headers, nor are the email addies
valid, he dances between proxy servers such as altopia etc, filtering
has no effect. The simple rule with Mike Corley floods is to ignore
and not to reply. Mike will take his medication and eventually
stop..... until the next time. But if users do the foolish and
reply/x-post/fail-to-snip, then Mike Corley sticks around. So don't
spam your pointless replies across dozens of groups.
If you use Agent, try using these filters to get rid of him on a more
permanent basis. They work pretty well for me. If you don't use the
world's best newsreader then either you are SOL or you'll have to
figure out your own filters to do your work for you.
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