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Greetings and Salutations:

This FAQ is about crossposts, troll and flames, and what to do about
them.

Table of contents to this FAQ:

o Introduction
o Introducing the alt.syntax.tactical group
o Defining troll, flames and crossposts
o What to do
o E-Mailing
o Killfiles
o A description of the alt.syntax.tactical crew
o The alt.syntax.tactical FAQ – Know your opponents

Introduction
============================================
The latest & greatest version of this FAQ will be found at one of the
following:
http://digital.net/~gandalf/trollfaq.html (page does not exist)
ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/alt.syntax.tactical/ (page does not exist)

PLEASE email follow-ups, additions / changes to [email protected],
My news source is OK, but I sometimes miss items.

Introducing the alt.syntax.tactical group

From [email protected] Tue Sep 17 03:38:42 PDT 1996
Article: 66234 of alt.revisionism
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From: [email protected] (Rich Graves)
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Subject: For readers of “[email protected],” “Ursus,”
and “Precursor”: a.s.t. FAQ
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The alt.syntax.tactical crew (of which I am definitely not a member of
and which may have origins in the alt.shenanigans newsgroup) decides
every now and then to start a colossal crosspost / flame war. The
latest attack started on or about the Middle March 1996 trolling by
crossposting between alt.smokers, can.talk.smoking, alt.support.non-
smokers, asthma and SCI groups by taking an original post from
alt.smokers, pass it thru a anonymous remailer (with the original e-
mail name intact) and repost it to all of the above groups. This (as
you can guess) started a massive flame war with the original
(innocent) poster getting in trouble for the crosspost that they never
made. It has since migrated to rec.pets.cats and beyond, but the
lines are ever changing. It is rumored that they exist on a
listserver, planning their next attack thru the back channels.
Wouldn’t want the plans posted out in the open, now would we :-).

These children are a version of Internet vandals. They do no good and
only cause trouble. There are many ways that they attack. All of the
methods are very simple (remember the abilities of the people we are
dealing with here). They use open NNTP servers, anonymous remailers,
list servers, mail to news gateways, basically anything they can think
of.

The bottom line is that no matter if someone is trolling from
alt.syntax.tactical or from any other group (no matter who they are)
they are only looking for someone (anybody) to boost their ego by
getting a response. If you get upset and reply then all you are doing
is making them feel better. It doesn’t matter who the troller is,
whether they are Raoul Xemblinosky (forge
posting from filnet.fr), Haakon Lugiesson
(actually posting from skol1.telia.se apparently thru pm1-
02.springfield.mo.smartnet.net), Jeffrey Lea
(posting thru guitar.sound.net apparently
>from pm1-06.springfield.mo.smartnet.net),
[email protected]
(Jedidiah Whitten), [email protected]
(Pussy Inspector),
[email protected] (Michael Roach),
Cathy Fellini (from kirin.wwa.com)(page does not exist), Steve Pordon aka Legion
([email protected]), thunderr , Mark
Hines, [email protected] (Steve), [email protected]
(Brandy), Commandante Meow Meow Matt Bruce, Mark Felchloff,
[email protected] (Cam Cam Cam), [email protected]
(Snowwolf),
[email protected] (Lee Jackson Beauregard) (from tofu.alt.net),
[email protected] (Choad P. Squick) (posting from oak.forest.net) or
those that seem to be trying to help by arguing, but in the long run
only hurt.

Then there are real winners who have a long standing history of
harassment and trolling (usually nominated for KOTM (Kook Of The
Month)) like Boursey, Grubor (multiple accounts / personalities),
[email protected].edu (Archimedes Plutonium) or White
Lotus (as profiled in the magazine CYBERSANGHA). They usually have a
World Wide Web page devoted to them somewhere.

WL (for example) has multiple accounts like Ari Lindemann, Dave
Lindemann, Terry Fifer, SABSA, [email protected], [email protected],
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected],
[email protected]), [email protected], [email protected],
gurubust*@aol.com, [email protected], [email protected],
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected],
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected],
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected],
[email protected]), WL’s pattern seems to be to harass entire NGs as
well as individuals. Her troll eruptions tend to take place at the
height of controversies. Her latest trolls are apparently the result
both of Kathy’s making public WL’s harassing email, and also of WL’s
being nominated for KotM.

White Lotus/True Lotus’ web page is .
You can find a very limited synopsis on WL at the KotM web page:

You can find a list of the latest trollers (or the troller trying to
get their victim in trouble) by taking a look at the newsgroup
alt.usenet.kooks, alt.syntax.tactical, alt.flame, or alt.bigfoot. The
newsgroups always change over time.

Defining troll, flames and crossposts
============================================

>From : The ONE AND ONLY alt.flame FAQ- by Christopher Henrik Lund :
( http://www.wlu.edu/~jsorens/altflame.html )(page does not exist)
a) Flaming: I.e. rude comments, insults, personal attacks, etc.
b) Trolling: I.e. fishing for flames. Usually takes the form of inane
postings like smarmy love chatter, useless pieces of boring
information, McClatchie’s FAQ, etc.
c) Cascades: Endless meaningless threads the posters repeat the same
phrase over and over, sometimes with a little variation. They are
amusing to the ones participating in them, boring to everyone else.

Crossposting is posting a message to more than one group.

For The Twelve Commandments of Flaming:
http://www.eye.net/Misc/Howling/Kooks/(page does not exist)

Avoiding flaming :
http://www2.melsa.net.id/internet/(page does not exist)

Roadkill on the Information Superhighway:
http://www.zpub.com/z/wh/(page does not exist)

http://www.geocities.com/Broadway/3452/main.html(page does not exist)– AOL Sucks Troll FAQ
http://www.csua.berkeley.edu:8000/~calbear/lame.txt (page does not exist)– REC.MUSIC.REM
lame post FAQ
http://www.cache.cow.net/~dr/killfile.html (page does not exist)– Bill Hazelrig’s global
KILL file
http://judith.www.media.mit.edu/Judith/Identity/IdentityDeception.html (page does not exist)
or
http://persona.www.media.mit.edu/judith/Identity/(page does not exist)
http://www.la.dtu.dk/~hbm/alt.flame/napalm.html(page does not exist) – Alt.flame page

Or bring up :
http://www.hotbot.com/(page does not exist)

and search for trolls flames

Or for a definition of Trolls (Thanx to [email protected]),
bring up :
http://www.dejanews.com/(page does not exist)

and search for [email protected]

What to do
============================================
You are reading one of your favorite newsgroups and all of the sudden
you see the following message:

Subject: Can I bring my cat to Hell with me?
Newsgroups:
alt.flame,alt.spleen,k12.chat.teacher,alt.bigfoot,alt.tasteless,
alt.gathering.rainbow,alt.evil,alt.bigfoot,alt.sex.cthulhu,k12.chat.se
nior,
alt.satanism,rec.pets.cats
Date: 26 Jun 1994 23:41:48 -0700
From: [email protected] (Ron Shmet)
Organization: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

I am aware that I can’t take my “stuff” with me when I die…

O.K… so you know what a flame, a crosspost and a troll are. Now
what do you do about it?

A) Sit on your hands and bite your tongue
B) Look at the newsgroups line and see how many groups the post is
posted to, specifically look for one the newsgroups
alt.syntax.tactical, alt.flame or alt.tasteless.
C) Continue to sit on your hands.
D) Look at the header to make sure that someone hasn’t forged the e-
mail return address to get someone else in trouble. For help with the
header see :
http://digital.net/~gandalf/spamfaq.html
ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/alt.spam/
E) Stop sitting on your hands, but *Don’t* reply to the post.
F) Read the alt.bigfoot FAQ :
http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet/bigfoot/top.html
G) Sit and think.

Hopefully if you have done all these steps your blood pressure has
gone down a few points.

The above applies to *all* posts that are trolls. The post may only
be to one newsgroup, but none the less it is a troll to try & cause
problems in the newsgroup. DO NOT POST! It will only get more people
pissed at you than at the original flamer.

If you feel like you *have* to post a message TRIM THE NEWSGROUPS!
Delete EVERY other newsgroups from the header except the group you are
posting to. If you cannot delete the excess newsgroups, please do
everybody a favor and don’t post.

E-Mailing
============================================
First off (as you might have guessed) DO NOT post a message to your
newsgroup to *anybody* who is trolling for a reply. It will only
clutter up your newsgroup and get everybody else upset at *you* for
replying.

Remember, Deja-News is your friend. Go to
http://dejanews.com/forms/dnq.html and type in the e-mail of the
poster, click on “find” and then when you see the posters e-mail on
the right side of the screen click on their name. An author profile
of the newsgroups they post to will appear. This will tell you the
tendencies of the poster and may give a clue as to their proclivities.
If they post to alt.flame, then you know them.

If the message has been posted thru a anonymous remailer then you
should just contact the remailer. Unfortunately this only causes more
problems for the ability to post anonymous messages (an important
freedom of speech resource that should not be destroyed). The E-mail
address has probably been forged. To find out about remailers, see:
http://www.well.com/user/abacard/remail.html
For a list of them see :
http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~raph/remailer-list.html

If you feel like you have to do *something*, then you should contact
the person who posted the message. PLEASE send a *nice* message and
ask them why they did this. Remember, the e-mail is *very* easy to
forge and the troll may have been posted only to get someone else in
trouble.

If you get a nasty reply (or no reply and the posts continue), then
your next option is to send a message to the persons postmaster. See
the above spamfaq URL for how to figure out what postmaster to send
your message to.

Andrew reminds us:

1. Keep it simple, keep it short. Postmasters are amazingly busy
people.
2. Be polite. It’s not the postmaster you’re cheesed off at.
3. Make sure you include the full headers so the postmaster has the
all-important Message-ID tag to track the troll. Export the message to
a text file and paste it back in if you need to.
4. Thank the postmaster for his/her efforts at the end. Gratitude
before the fact will help spur the postmaster to effort on your
behalf.
5. Be patient. It may take the postmaster a few days or a few gripes
to act. Don’t repost the same gripe multiple times. New gripes,
however, are permissible.
6. If the troll becomes harassing and/or actionable and you can
identify the site from the headers, call the postmaster. LD charges
may be worth it. Follow the preceding rules for the phone call. Be
polite, be brief, and thank the person for their efforts. One call is
usually all it takes.

Example gripe :

Dear Postmaster:

Please find attached the headers and body text of a harassing message
posted to . As the message originated at your site,
I’d like to request your assistance in explaining to the offending
user the rules of online etiquette. Thank you for your time.

Killfiles
============================================
Most newsreaders support a killfile. A killfile tells your newsreader
to “ignore” certain posts or posters. The beauty is that you never
have to see a message from “X” again, or about subject “X” again.

Adding posts to killfiles :
http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet/killfile-
faq/faq.html
ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.software.readers/rn_KILL_file_FAQ

Shorter NOT the Killfile FAQ :
http://www.nic.com/~cannon/helpkil1.html

If you follow all of the above steps, you will be happier, but most
importantly Usenet will be happier for having less bandwidth abused.

A description of the alt.syntax.tactical crew
============================================

Victor wrote a description about the alt.syntactical wrecking crew.
Below is his post (I have cut out the parts to the alt.syntax.tactical
FAQ because they are included later):

Date: Tue, 8 Nov 1994 11:52:38 MST

Welcome to the All About alt.syntax.tactical FAQ
(or, Know Your Jerk)
Irregular Posting

*Sigh*. A fresh batch of shitheads have arrived. I do applaud everyone
for ignoring them. However newbies are advised to read the following.

— What is this FAQ about? —

This FAQ is for new users who enter the wonderful world of Internet
only to be disappointed by stumbling upon gigabytes of stupidity and
old timers who know that idiots tend to hang around in groups. The
subject here are a bunch of infantile losers known as –

Alt.syntax.tactical

A.s.t can claim the dubious honor of being the only group that even
alt.flame can look down upon.

— Why do they do this? —

Beats me. Seems like an awful lot of boring, repetitive rote work with
the only reward being regarded as an electronic cockroach plague by
the rest of the net community.

— How do I recognize an alt.syntax.tactical post in general? —

– Cross posting to a large number of groups. Attention seeking
exercise.

– The “flogging a dead horse” syndrome. Taking topics that have been
done to death and rehashing them. In this case, trying to start
another alt.tasteless/rec.pets.cats flame-war (ho-hum). This is likely
due to the article detailing the original flame-war appearing in WiReD
magazine, so probably seeking attention again.

– General lack of interest, humor and a lame attempt to be offensive,
like crossposting to rec.pets.cats, the two K12 groups and
alt.gathering.rainbow.

Other general characteristics –

– a.s.t posters are in the habit of following up there own articles if
the original was (wisely) ignored.

– reposting complete articles or flame/counter flames with one line
comments, thus maximizing bulk.

– endless flame/counter-flames between the various a.s.t invasion wave
members when the real newsgroup members(wisely) ignore them.

As a rule of thumb, if it is boring, pointless and inane, you can bank
on it being from a.s.t.

— What can I do about stupid a.s.t posts? —

The golden rule is ignore. If someone farts in a room, the smell will
eventually go away. Likewise, if a.s.t is largely ignored, they too
will go away.

Resist all urges to reply. You’ll be bashing your head against a brick
wall and only giving them satisfaction. Learn to use your kill-file,
ask someone you know how if you don’t know. The more hi-tech among you
may want to track them down and extract whatever electronic revenge
you can.

— Where do a.s.t reside, usually? —

There originally was an a.s.t group, and it still gets used
occasionally. Mostly, they hang out in alt.bigfoot, which was
probably originally a Sasquatch interest group which they invaded and
decided to keep, and in alt.flame.

— Who are the members of a.s.t? —

(Note : These people haven’t posted in a long time, so this is an old
list)

OK, here is the listing. If any body has any other addresses, e-mail,
and we’ll add them.

Name and/or handle Address
_____________________________________________
Robert Trent [email protected]
Supreme commander [email protected]
Shafik Harmoni [email protected]

Antebi [email protected]
Rev. Antebi [email protected]
Ron Shmet [email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]

Wilf [email protected]
Bulldog bul[email protected]
[email protected]

Dewme [email protected]
Charlie Dew sdew.nyx.du.edu
[email protected]

Wild Bill [email protected]
Bill Travis [email protected]

Doug Weber [email protected]

Lisa Park Yzer-GOD [email protected]

John Kordic [email protected]

Plus an ever changing variety of others. As has come to pass, it isn’t
even necessary to know the above idiots, though they are the most
predominant and have popped up in a.t several times this year.

A.s.t has matured with time to be just another generic term for
bandwidth wasting shit-heads.

The alt.syntax.tactical FAQ – Know your opponents
=================================================

Here’s some relevant source material, obtained from one of the
members, the “real” FAQ of AST, a somewhat less serious one, and one
distributed -about- AST.

If someone would be kind enough to send me a current version of this
FAQ, I would be more than happy to include it.

The Invasion FAQ of A.S.T.

Although not exactly a FAQ, this file is more of an explanation of why
alt.syntax.tactical and the tactical-list were created. It also lays
down the foundation for the structure, strategy, and protocol of
USENET invasions.

* Invasion *

Each of us brings our own reasons, backgrounds and motivations into
this scheme. What is important is that each individual brings into
this their own brand of inspired mischief. In some ways it is
completely innocent. In some ways it is completely destructive.

Anyone can walk into alt.sex and post that pornography should be
banned. Anyone can walk into rec.sport.baseball and say “baseball
sucks”. It takes unbelievable skill and discipline to cause a
PROLONGED flame war. That is what we do. But it can only be done with
talent, and numbers to match that talent. We only bring into the fold
people who have the knack to use smarts to incite chaos, not stupidity
to incite being ignored when people see a post and know what you’re up
to.

To keep things running smoothly, Antebi is our ‘moderator’. jpdavid
was responsible for creating the mailing-list and setting up the
initial newsgroup. Everyone is equal in suggesting and voting on
invasion sites and other basic day-to-day workings of the group.
Everyone here gains or loses merit only in the invasion arena.

* Waves of Invasion *

Flames and wars between groups are as old as Usenet. What we try to do
is in many ways fundamentally different from what is or has been done
in this area.

After picking a site, we call for an invasion on that site. There are
a number of phases to an invasion. Each person can volunteer for which
wave they want to be in, but more times than not, it is a first come-
first served policy. It is always important that no one jump the gun
and go in before we have time to prepare and bounce ideas off each
other. It’s also important that people don’t switch waves without
letting everyone know. Flexibility is the key, as is communication.

Typically, we use between two and five Waves of attack. Waves will
generally break down into this kind of structure:

a: Reconnaissance (RECON): These people will go in early and usually
set up camp as “friends of the newsgroup”. They will become trusted
and participate by joining previous discussions or starting non-
controversial ones themselves. They will also act as “double-agents”
to counter-flame the other waves as the invasion progresses. They key
is building a bit of credibility.

b: Wave One: Wave one will usually be what starts the flame war.
Those involved in this wave can go on and each have a different flame,
or go on and flame in unison. They can bring in a subject of their
own or flame a previous discussion. What matters is that this initial
wave will be the one that the invaded newsgroup will have their
attention on. This wave calls for extreme subtlety. The quality of the
flame MUST be at its highest point here.

c: Wave Two: Wave Two will consist of tactics to attack the people
who were sent in as recon and attempt to start totally new flame
threads. The key here is that even if we attack a group of people
restrained enough to resist our flame-bait, wave two will stir things
up and get others to join in.

d: Wave Three: Wave three will generally change depending on the
campaign, but will generally be added to push the confusion and chaos
over the top. Flame the recon, flame the first wave, flame the second
wave. These guys are our balls out, rude SOB’s. Mop up and clean out.

Sometimes (usually with bigger groups) Wave three will simply be along
the lines of a wave two. We will call for a wave four (or five) to be
the balls out routine. We will sometimes add a wave or two because
depending on the size and intelligence of a newsgroup.

Miscellaneous Tactics:

There are three other things that we typically use, depending on
the sophistication of the invasion.

LOOSE CANNONS are people who come in and act so strange and obtuse
that it makes the rest of the flames look genuine.

THE ANON SERVICE can be used to send posts anonymously. This is a good
way to post and pretend to be scared of retribution. Only problem is
that this is usually the first sign that a post is a flame, so it
should only be used with a TREMENDOUS amount of DISCRETION.

CROSS POSTING is also a popular method of choice by other flame
groups, so it is important to Cross Post with discretion. If we can
cross post to bring in other newsgroups to unwittingly assist us,
perfect. If we cross post to suspicious newsgroups, our intentions
will be obvious.

* Victory *

Ideally, signs of victory are the following:

o Our names appear in killfiles
o Majority or ALL threads in invaded newsgroup were started by us
o Regulars/legit people abandon invaded newsgroup
o Receive much hate mail – as does our SysAdmin
o To be reprimanded by the glorious SysAdmin

* Notes *

Most important is the need to be SUBTLE when it is required. One
misplaced post can ruin it for the rest of us. Those of you who have
participated in widespread flame wars know the feeling of having a
newsgroup going for a long time, then someone posts an obvious flame
or something so far out of context, that everyone says to just ignore
the flames, which eventually includes all of us. Blowing a flame war
will occasionally happen, but if it could have been avoided with a
little thinking, then it’s not as excusable.

We’ve got to share duties. Everyone should get practice playing
different roles and different waves.

It has been assumed that if you don’t want to participate, fine. No
one will hold it against you. What is expected is that if you don’t
want to participate you don’t have to, but that also means that you
wont go warning that newsgroup when an invasion happens. You will
close your eyes and turn a blind eye. NO NEWSGROUP IS OFF LIMITS!!!!!!

Another thing many people seem to be talking about are SIGS AND NAMES.
Try to take on appropriate names. If you are on alt.rap, D.J. Trouble
is not going to stir things up…if you show up on soc.culture.physics
with that name, you’re caught before your first word of text. If a Sig
is going to blow your cover, lose it.

Official Kudos:

– under construction –

——————————————-

ALT.SYNTAX.TACTICAL: The FAQ
v. 0.98

——————————————-

Table of Contents:

A> Introduction to alt.syntax.tactical

B> Questions Frequently Asked

00> What is tactical syntax?
01> What do those long words mean?
02> What do you get when you put those words into an alt newsgroup?
03> Why is tactical syntax important to us?
04> What kinds of topics will be discussed on a.s.t?
05> Have certain ethnic groups or women as a gender been biased by
syntactical tactics?
06> What languages make the best and worst use of syntax?
07> What are some of the hidden secrets of syntax?
08> How and why has syntax changed over the years?
09> Can studing[sic] other types of languages (sign, Braille, etc.)
help us understand our own tactical syntax?
10> In case of emergency, who should we contact?
11> What other newsgroups might I find interesting?
12> Who is out to get us?
13> Who is an a.s.t approved author?
14> What is the Tertiary Syntactical Cycle?
15> Is there any Television syntax?
16> Who is the current caretaker of the newsgroup?

C> Summary

——————————————-

A> Introduction to alt.syntax.tactical

Welcome to the FAQ for alt.syntax.tactical. It was founded for the
purpose of offering an oasis to those seeking intensive and concrete
forum to discuss issues surrounding the mystique of “tactical syntax”
or “strategic sentencing”. We also like to play with ‘magick’ and the
intrinsic tactical-syntax needed to sucker the post-D&D crowd.

——————————————-

B> Frequently asked questions

0> What is tactical syntax?

It is structure, and structure is meaning. That is the point of this
newsgroup. Part of the tactics is to steal language back from the
academics who would have us believe that the real meaning of language
can only be found in areas which can be understood only by them, not
by “the rest of us”.

1> What do those long words mean?

tactical = An expedient for achieving an end. The science of using
strategy to gain military objectives. Skillful maneuvering to achieve
a goal.

syntax = The way in which words are put together to form sentences,
clauses and phrases.

2> What do you get when you put those words into an alt newsgroup?

Alt.syntax.tactical is dedicated to serving those who are both
attracted to and repulsed by the myriad of options regarding the
structure, logistics, ethics and morality of
sentences/clauses/phrases. This group will NOT debate grammar in it’s
intrinsic form, nor debate the correct and incorrect forms of
spelling. Words, isolated. mean nothing to us. Words, tactfully
arranged, mean everything. alt.syntax.tactical will attempt to present
itself as a forum for those searching for better ways to communicate
through utilizing the ultimate good deeds of others through both
debate and causal/friendly suggestion. Alt.syntax.tactical should
function as a freeform information branch to get a better grasp of how
and why syntax makes an impact on not just our own lives, but the
lives of our nuclear families and human civilization as well.

3> Why is tactical syntax important to us?

The great debate of our century has been how the great personalities
of our time have worked their communicative “magic”. One might ask if
the British would have survived without the brilliant syntax of
Winston Churchill. Or one might ask is the Nazi’s would have even
been given a blinking chance to create the Third Reich without the
brilliant, albeit malevolent, syntax of Adolf Hitler. What makes good
syntax? We find that the more tactical the syntax is the better that
syntax is.

To understand the importance of syntax in the Modern, flame Postmodern
and Macromoderno age, it is essential to acknowledge the contribution
of semantics and language mechanics. We must understand the contrived
and manipulative effects of social/political/interpersonal propaganda.
Can syntax help you get a discount when purchasing items in a retail
store? Can syntax make or break an international peace treaty? What
is the subjective bias of syntax relative to the teeming population of
mass humanity and objective reality.

4> What kinds of topics will be discussed on a.s.t?

* The Psychology of Syntax.
* Verbal and Non-Verbal gestures and their effect on Syntax.
* Syntax under the manipulative effect of hypnosis.
* Dyslexia/Schizophrenia and Syntax
* Syntax under the effects of drugs and alcohol
* The Syntax of Slang
* Situational Syntax
* The History and Development of North American Syntax
* Sex, Syntax and the 90’s
* Violence and the Syntax dialectic
* Syntax and propaganda in Cold War Russia

5> Have certain ethnic groups or women as a gender been biased by
syntactical tactics?

Yes. Within the Specific and General domains of syntax, language and
diction have been used by various factions of meta-institutions to
support the downsizing and exploitation of women and members of ethnic
groups.

6> What languages make the best and worst use of syntax?

Typically, languages with larger vocabularies (Romance) lend
themselves to more tactical approaches to diction than languages with
smaller vocabularies (i.e. Serubian).

7> What are some of the hidden secrets of syntax?

Join the Newsgroup and find out. We will tell you. Hint: It has
nothing to do with dolphin squeaks.

8> How and why has syntax changed over the years?

As fluid as a river in the desert, syntax has flowed with change.
Change is a natural evolution from the sea to the trees, the question
is not so much how and why, but when and how.

9> Can studing other types of languages (sign, Braille, etc.) help us
understand our own tactical syntax?

Of course it can. But for the most part, we only care about English.
Although, we would like to learn to swear in other languages. Look out
for the alt.syntax.tactical ‘Insulting Foreigners’ FAQ coming to a.s.t
soon!

10> In case of emergency, who should we contact?

Please post your problem first, but in case of emergency, you can e-
mail to [email protected]

11> What other newsgroups might I find interesting?

Other a.s.t recommended newsgroups include:
alt.nuke.the.usa
alt.forgery
comp.sys.amiga.advocacy
alt.fan.warlord
alt.spelling
alt.sex.bestiality

12> Who is out to get us?

The professionals who want to reduce language to:
(1) semantics (that is, little tiny bits which can only be studied
with an electron microscope), or
(2) “deep” structures which can only be studied by psycho-bio-physio-
neurochemists

13> Who is an a.s.t approved author?

Thomas Hardy – In the examination of the uses of Syntactical Fiction
as a means to brainwash an unyielding public, one of the nineteenth
century authors who best personifies this effort is Thomas Hardy,
specifically in his novel, “The Mayor of Casterbridge” in which he
presents moral dilemmas at an astounding rate and everything runs in
intense cycles of threes. There is not a single aspect of the book
that does not contain this Tertiary Syntactical Cycle.

14> What is the Tertiary Syntactical Cycle?

TSC is probably the most powerful and oft used tactic in the attack on
unsuspecting minds. Take comedians: All comics tell a joke a maximum
of three times. The will get a bigger and better laugh the second and
third telling. No competent comic will say a joke a fourth time.
This is a violation of TSC and is not to be tolerated. TSC is also the
reason that Hollywood produces Trilogies. The Lord of the Rings is
perfect in its trimetry. There is a purpose behind TSC and we must
all see and use this tactic as a matter of common rule and not as an
optional choice. We have no Optional Choices!

15> Is there any television syntax?

That to which you refer actually has its basis in the code written
circa 1938 by Dr. Y. Cournoyer of McGill University. In the preface to
the Canadian Royal Syntactical Performance Methodology Code, Dr.
Cournoyer states,

“Subversion through the syntactical methodology of oratological mind
control must be closely supervised and regulated. Patterns of words
transmitted non-personally can have a tremendous impact on a man’s
[sic] panic centers”

The good doctor had studied this effect of radio broadcasts among
small populations in northern New Brunswick, and, luckily for us, had
anticipated the mass visual medium of television. The code, first
adopted by the CRTC and followed by the American FCC, prohibits the
broadcast of certain syllabic and phonemic patterns, and sets a syntax
standard adopted all over God’s Green Earth.

16> Who is the current caretaker?

We let Teagi keep the group alive, and promote distribution. If your
site doesn’t carry it, let them know you want it!

C> Again, welcome to alt.syntax.tactical. We hope you join us in our
discussions and learn. please use the knowledge acquired for good, not
evil.

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