The exception every year came in September, when a new class of freshmen entered college and invariably gained access to the internet and Usenet through their classes. September was a bad time for the old timers on Usenet. Like many other online communities, it had its own in-jokes and slang (the first recorded instance of "lol" is from Usenet). The noobs cluttered their newsgroups, didn't know etiquette, and were generally annoying to seasoned users.
"The problem was minimized through intimidation"
"The problem was minimized through intimidation. The introduction new students got to Usenet was that it was a Big! Important! Serious! thing, and if you just waded in carelessly, you would make a fool of yourself," he said.
"It's better to have everyone involved, even if a lot of them are idiots"