Thaughts from an (almost) Lurker.

Robert Kern rkern at
Sun Jul 31 09:49:44 CEST 2005

Paddy wrote:
> Sometimes when reading c.l.p.  I mentally stand off from what I have
> been reading and get an odd feeling that 'WE ARE BEING TESTED'. That
> someone else is purposefully posting a near repetitive post, or obvious
> flame bait etc - not for the usual reasons, but to track the dynamics
> af the replies. Rather like dropping a stone in the river and watching
> pythonistas return c.l.p. to its normal, helpful, and polite norm.
> Fascinating.
> I only hope that if thats the case, then they should post their
> findings here.

My experience with USENET suggests that there is always a steady stream 
of newbies, trolls, and otherwise clueless people. In the absence of 
real evidence (like traceable headers), I don't think there's a reason 
to suspect that there's someone performing psychological experiments on 
the denizens of

Robert Kern
rkern at

"In the fields of hell where the grass grows high
  Are the graves of dreams allowed to die."
   -- Richard Harter

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