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[liberationtech] Modern FIDONET for net disable countries?

Ralph Holz holz at
Sun Jan 27 12:44:39 PST 2013


> But now that I think, fidonet would also be easy for spam. Or (about
> my first idea) attacker could make many mails with huge attachments
> to destroy efficiency.

I don't know SplinterNet - but good old FIDO was not spam-ridden. You
had to have BBS access to post to groups or send PMs - and those were
privately operated. The threat of removing a BBS (node) from the
nodelist was sufficient to keep things at bay. A complaint could easily
be files against a node operator if one of his/her points (clients) did
not conform to policy.

That said, much depended on the strict hierarchy that was possible
because the number of nodes was in the thousands, not in the millions.
And that hierarchy could be enforced because people tended to cooperate.
Finally, in the FIDO days the Internet was so unknown among the
population, that SPAM was not yet such a concern.

My first network experiences were in FIDO, and they were great times. I
do miss those no-nonsense experiences.


Ralph Holz
Network Architectures and Services
Technische Universität München
Phone +49 89 28918043
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