cancelmoose

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Cancelmoose

[tm] /kan'sel-moos/ [Usenet] The archetype and model of all good spam-fighters. Once upon a time, the 'Moose would send out spam-cancels and then post notice anonymously to news.admin.policy, news.admin.misc, and alt.current-events.net-abuse. The 'Moose stepped to the fore on its own initiative, at a time (mid-1994) when spam-cancels were irregular and disorganized, and behaved altogether admirably - fair, even-handed, and quick to respond to comments and criticism, all without self-aggrandizement or martyrdom. Cancelmoose[tm] quickly gained near-unanimous support from the readership of all three above-mentioned groups.

Nobody knows who Cancelmoose[tm] really is, and there aren't even any good rumors. However, the 'Moose now has an e-mail address () and a web site (`http://www.cm.org'.)

By early 1995, others had stepped into the spam-cancel business, and appeared to be comporting themselves well, after the 'Moose's manner. The 'Moose has now gotten out of the business, and is more interested in ending spam (and cancels) entirely.
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Cancelmoose definition

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A semi-mythical being that cancels Usenet articles posted by others. (In general, an article can only be cancelled by its original author.)
The Cancelmoose's usual target is spam or extremely excessive cross-posting.
Some believe that the Cancelmoose exists only in the same mythic sense that B1FF, the NSA line eater and Shub Internet exist; others consider Cancelmoose's historicity to be closer to that of Kibo. The latter group assume that the real Cancelmoose is not one person (or moose), but instead is a cabal of NNTP wonks. However, the Cancelmoose is probably real, seeing as how it has its own website.
(http://nocem.org/).
(1999-01-14)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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