is the target audience for this web page?
Although anyone is welcome to read
it, this page was written to serve as a resource for ISP abuse
wrote this web page?
The authors of this page are a
group of Usenet readers and admins who detest Usenet spamming,
EMP, email abuse, and other forms of net abuse. If you are
investigating a true spammer or abuser, we sincerely hope that
your investigation serves justice. However, you were likely
referred to this page because actual net abuse may not have been
done by your user. Rather, the claim of abuse has been made by a
person well known for flooding abuse admins with spurious
is Edmond Wollmann?
Wollmann is a well-known abuser of the ISP abuse process. He
harasses many people whom he encounters in Usenet by sending
numerous complaints to his targets' ISPs. Frequently he involves
the ISPs' upstream providers and news peers as well.
a web page about Mr. Wollmann was needed
newsgroups are most affected by Mr. Wollmann's complaint letters?
We know to date that Mr. Wollmann
is sending complaints about many regular posters in alt.astrology,
alt.astrology.metapsych, alt.usenet.kooks, and
news.admin.net-abuse.usenet. However, Mr. Wollmann will often
check on an authors posting history, and bombard his victims'
"home" newsgroup with forwaded and off-topic posts in an
attempt to intimidate a poster to stop posting to "Ed's"
has had complaints sent about them by Mr. Wollmann?
We do not know for
sure how many people have had this happen to them. For one
thing, if an ISP (wisely in our opinion) chooses to ignore him,
his target is not always aware that Mr. Wollmann has been
complaining about him or her. However, there is more than
enough information to show that Mr. Wollmann is harassing quite a
few people with the number and volume of complaints that he
sends. Documentation is available at this link:
customer is not alone: some of Wollmann's many targets
do news and abuse admins say about Mr. Wollmann?
Several abuse admins have been
willing to "go public" with their experiences with
Edmond Wollmann. They rightfully grow tired of his spurious
complaints and address morphing to thwart their mailfilters.
"Mr. Wollmann seems sadly
ignorant of the legal doctrine of "unclean hands."
Essentially what it means is that a court will not grant relief to
one who complains of being damaged if the complainant has himself
engaged in abuse related to the cause of action." -Jason
Barr, PBI Policy Manager
"Mr. Wollmann’s account
at AzNET was cancelled due to multiple, seemingly endless
complaints about his abusive behavior in Usenet."- Jack
"...Eddie first came to my
attention: a complaint from columbia.edu about the complaints they
had been receiving from Eddie, as many as 300 per day....His
*thing* is abusing abuse departments. If he doesn't get his way
with complaints, he'll call up and harass the abuse department. If
they manage to avoid his calls (or direct him to cease and desist
phoning), he sends large numbers of duplicate complaints via
email." Nick Nicholas, Executive Director, Mail Abuse
Prevention System LLC, mail-abuse.org (formerly of pacbell.net)
"You have a worthless charter
given that you chose to made your group [alt.astrology.metapsych]
unmoderated. I think you set it up to attempt to kill accounts and
that it should be rmgrouped as a trap and public nuisiance."
-Rebecca Ore, respected n.a.n.a-u participant.
More documentation is available
at this link:
admins re: Edmond Wollmann
what has Mr. Wollmann said about admins and ISPs?
Wollmann on the subject of ISPs and their employees
has Mr. Wollmann done to lose credibility with many people?
Mr. Wollmann has shown himself
in many ways to be a poor Netizen and not someone whose opinion
can be trusted about the appropriateness of another's postings.
In addition, many of the actions which Mr. Wollmann accuses others
of in his complaints are actually things he has done himself in
Usenet. Documentation is available at the links below:
Wollmann Spams Usenet
Wollmann frequently sends complaints about others "spamming"
even when the posts being complained about do not fall under the
Skirvin guidelines. This is ironic, because Wollmann is well aware
of what constitutes spam. He was TOSsed from AOL and lost 6
accounts there for spamming. Wollmann also has spammed from both
Earthlink and ATT Worldnet, documented by thoroughly detailed spam
reports and multiple cancels of his spam.
Wollmann Censors by Illegitimately issuing Third-Party Cancels for
Others' Usenet posts
Wollmann has never owned up to his own censorious activities. In
July of 1997, he issued a rash of over 50 illegitimate third-party
cancels for Usenet posts with which he apparently had some issue
with. Many of the posts he attempted to cancel made it to
DejaNews, so that it can be seen that posters were sometimes
merely criticising him. Wollman's outrageous "Netcopping"
behavior is grevious Net Abuse.
has publicly admitted to his intention to send thousands of
Wollmann has announced in Usenet, many times, his intentions to
send volumionus complaints.
makes "off-topic" complaints about others while he
frequently posts off-topic
Wollmann likes to complain about other posters being "off-topic".
He does this in a hypervigilant manner and so disrupts normal
Usenet conversation. However, he often makes off-topic posts
himself -- especially when he discussed complaints he has sent.
He often adds unrelated newsgroups to his posts. He also often
sets follow-ups to his posts to go to alt.dev.null rather than to
the groups where his messages were posted.
so many "off-topic" complaints that a new charter was
Wollmann admitted to adding this group in his cross-posts in
particular--in order to entrap persons following up his posts so
that he could send "off-topic" complaints about them. He
became such a nuisance that a consensus was reached to create a
new charter for this group which would make it harder for him to
send these complaints about posters being off-topic there.
Wollmann himself frequently posts abusively in Usenet
involved with this site denies Mr. Wollmann's right to engage in
flame wars and be as insulting or as profane as he wants to be.
There is a difference, however, between abuse ON the Net and abuse
OF the Net. Many of Mr. Wollmann's complaints are about abusive
and defaming posts even as he insults, defames, and abuses other
posters. He posts, without permission, private e-mail
sent to him. He has made threats regarding posters' places
of business, mailbombing threats, threats of telephone harassment,
threats to force his in-person presence upon other posters, and at
least one explicit threat to commit physical violence.
is Mr. Wollmann's email account address?
there is no simple answer to this question! Edmond Wollmann
abuses the Net in several ways, and as a result frequently loses
Internet accounts. Not only does he change address
frequently, but also often sends complaints from more than one
address at a time -- which can make it seem as though many people
are complaining about an individual when that is the fact not the
case. Documentation is available at this link:
of his current and past accounts & why he has lost many of
Wollmann, Award-Winning Netizen
Mr. Wollmann actually won a
Usenet award, titled "Kook of the Month", for his Usenet
posts of February, 1998. Click
here to view some
of the posts he made at that time which earned him this
Usenet Post Archive 2/98 to 7/99
Download your own reference
archive for Mr. Wollmann's Usenet posts for the past 1.5 years
(2mb .zip file expands to 7mb text file).