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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] Re: state of the acro email list


Thread: [Acro] Re: state of the acro email list

Message: [Acro] Re: state of the acro email list

Follow-Up To: ACRO Email list (for List Members only)

From: Don Peterson <autotech at>

Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2002 12:37:56 UTC



Most people probably don't remember, but a few years ago Mike Skaggs volunteered
to be the fund-raiser for the national contests, and did precisely zero.
Nothing.  Nada.  Meanwhile he took up the space of the job making the IAC think
something was being done, only to find out that they got nothing for their
trust.  I thought at the time that he was probably just lazy or unable to focus
his wildly drifting attention, but now I suspect he was taking the concept of
"trolling" to new heights.  Take up a critical job and then do nothing.  A great
way to create real damage.

One must wonder why?

Given the malicious intent to do damage, I wonder if the FAA medical branch
might be interested?


L W wrote:

> Guenther is correct. Really there is just one troll with about 6 or so email
> addresses pounding the list. In the past, he was identified as Mike Skaggs,
> I believe from California.
> Personally, my solution will be to unsubscribe for awhile as my mail box is
> full each day and very little information of any value is getting through
> all the garbage.
> Larry Willson
> Chapter 52
> ----Original Message Follows----
> From: "Dr. Guenther Eichhorn" <gei at>
> To: acro at
> Subject: [Acro] state of the acro email list
> Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2002 01:49:25 -0400
> Hi all,
> I posted my last message before reading some of the last
> posts. After reading those I saw that the situation is worse
> than I thought.
> The whole situation with the trolls that cause these problems
> could be solved very easily.  If everybody on the list who is
> interested in keeping it useful would ignore every post of a
> troll and, just as importantly, every response to a post of a
> troll, the whole thing would die down very quickly.  Ignoring
> responses to troll posts is just as important as ignoring the
> original ones.  For instance the response by "Amy" is obviously a
> post by the troll himself to further stir up the pot, not a real
> response.  If there would be absolutely no response from the list
> to any post of a troll, the whole thing would disappear quickly.
> It will come back after 6-9 months, but the same non-reaction
> will have the same effect.  I have posted basically the same plea
> before when we had previous troll infestations, but I can't seem
> to get my message through:  We are creating the problem ourselves
> by responding to the trolls!!!!!
> Guenther
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