How do you deal with them? Well, mostly you ignore them. They thrive on attention. Don't give it to them. But, once in a while, even though have to be reminded that they don't speak for everyone on the Internet.
One favorite activity of babbling boys is to jump up and down in newsgroups that have nothing to do with them and try to take them over. This has, unfortunately, happened fairly successfully in soc.women. However, when you see it happen in other newsgroups, try to come down on the side of reason:
From - Fri Dec 13 12:00:03 1996 From: Laurie D. T. Mann Newsgroups: pgh.general,alt.bonehead.BOYG,alt.usenet.kooks,news.admin.censorship Subject: Re: Rename news group? >Esther Filderman wrote: > > Excerpts from pgh.general: 12-Dec-96 by ?????@dhp.com > > Fred, most all of the "obscene flames" recently have come > > about *because* > > of FOUR "problem people" here in Pittsburgh, and they are: > > John Bomberger... > > Peter Berger... > > Esther Feldman... > > Tom Pendergast... I'm so glad I don't read this person's postings (while Netscape doesn't have a kill file, it's still pretty easy to spot the jerks out there). The idea of seeing these particular four lumped in as "the troublemakers" boggles the mind. And the sexual obsessions of this poster reminds me of some of the ongoing stupidity in some of the soc newgroups. > > Those people are always the ones who start the flame wars, if you > > examine the record. Gee from here it kind of looked like BOYG and BOYB (and speed bump doesn't even LIVE around here!), but that might be a Netscapism or something... ;-> > > Now the mission is to REMOVE all of these *problem* people from > > the Pittsburgh newsgroups, if you want no more flame-wars here. > > KICK THEM out of town, and there will be no more problems. Gee, back in the olden days (say before this year), pgh.general used to be a nice, interesting newsgroup. And Peter used to be MUCH more active on it than he's been lately. At least two of "these troublemakers" aren't the trouble. > > Duquesne University is a "Crazy-Christian" University that offered > > me a FULL SCHOLARSHIP... > Geez, I hope someone's collecting all these fairy tales he comes up with. I have two words for you, Esther: alternate universe (See http://www.wlo.org/ccwatch/buchananland.html for more evidence that the Internet is, somehow, getting messages from an "alternate universe") > > Kids under 18 are NOT allowed to be in UseNet, dig? My teenager doesn't even WANT to use the Internet because of idiots like this.
When you try to respond in a reasoned way or even just mildly sarcastic way, some of these nameless twits will go after you. Make one more plea for sanity then drop it.
From: Laurie D. T. Mann Newsgroups: alt.god.BOYG,pgh.general,alt.wired,alt.fan.karl-malden.nose,alt.bonehead.BOYG,alt.usenet.kooks,news.admin.censorship Subject: Re: Rename news group [[[[raves deleted...]]]] I got a good laugh from the boy who "responded" to my posting on renaming pgh.general. Since I've been on the Internet for a long time, I learned years ago to ignore idiots like him. It is pointless to attempt to debate with people who decide to turn the discussion into raving about sexual preference and the like. It's got nothing to do with the topic at hand, and it merely demonstrates how threatened some folks are. I know who is on my "shit list" and it doesn't include Peter or Esther.
Some women find the "Babes on the Web" crap so offensive that they don't put any pages of themselves at their Web site. I think this is an overreaction. However, the best way to make it hard for the boys who like this kind of stuff is to routinely rename the photos you keep at your Web site.
You might want to write to this person who appears to be doing a survey on the subject:
|Subject:||Re: research on Babes on the Web - please contribute!|
|Date:||Thu, 28 Nov 1996 09:51:43 -0500|
|From:||Laurie D. T. Mann|
Laurie Mann responded:
Joya Balfour wrote:
I'm a graduate student at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada currently doing research on the website "Babes on the Web." - it is on this site that I found a link to your page. I'm examining its immense popularity, and the controversy surrounding it.
For those of you not familiar with Babes on the Web **Don't ever give them boys' urlS**, it is a page set up by a **Babbling Boy** that features women's webpages. I would appreciate it so much if you could take just a couple of minutes to answer a these short questions. Thanks - your opinions count!
I've heard he has in the past, but as I don't pay much attention to babbling boys, I've never read his page.
I don't care what babbling boys think.
Only a purely plastic person would think so.
I don't like it, and I do routinely change the file name of my photograph.
I don't condone censorship, but I do think pages like his lower the level of the Web.