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Appendix C: Tributes

Any person who moderates a newsgroup for over 10 years should have it documented somewhere so others can appreciate the effort and dedication.

Our first tribute goes to Gene Spafford spaf@cs.purdue.edu.

For 12 years between April 1981 until April 1993 Gene (spaf) maintained and posted *THE* “Usenet periodic postings” to the net. The postings included the

He also managed the moderators mailing list during that time. The moderator community and the net as a whole owe Spaf a debt of gratitude for his dedication and BS&T. Thanks Spaf!

“Usenet is like a herd of performing elephants with diarrhea – massive, difficult to redirect, awe-inspiring, entertaining, and a source of mind-boggling amounts of excrement when you least expect it.”


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