Twas nearly enough to make us ban NNTP. Grr. Canter and Siegel wrote a book. This is a rather interesting quote on online communities, from ’94.
…some starry-eyed individuals who access the Net think of Cyberspace as a community with rules, regulations and codes of behavior. Don’t you believe it! There is no community. …Along your journey, someone may try to tell you that in order to be a good Net ‘citizen,’ you must follow the rules of the Cyberspace community. Don’t listen. The only laws and rules with which you should concern yourself are those passed by the country, state, and city in which you truly live…”
How Make a FORTUNE on the Information Superhighway was the name of the book. Other cheeky quotes here.