• shutting down dictator.*

    From RS Wood@21:1/5 to All on Sun Feb 9 22:36:30 2020
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    All:

    After 7 or 8 years of fun, I've decided to shut down the dictator.*
    hierarchy on 15 April 2020. On that date I'll send out a remove group
    control message for each group.

    The Dictator's Handbook remains available in epub form and in print.
    Write me at moc.liamg@71orifaz (backwards for spam protection) if
    you'd like epub or pdf copy of the book.

    It was fun while it lasted! Thanks to everyone who participated over
    the years.

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  • From Anonymous@21:1/5 to RS Wood on Tue Feb 11 14:56:12 2020
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    On 2020-02-09 22:36, RS Wood wrote:

    After 7 or 8 years of fun, I've decided to shut down the dictator.*

    Why?

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  • From Neodome Admin@21:1/5 to RS Wood on Fri Mar 6 07:14:35 2020
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    RS Wood <rsw@therandymon.com> wrote:
    All:

    After 7 or 8 years of fun, I've decided to shut down the dictator.*
    hierarchy on 15 April 2020. On that date I'll send out a remove group control message for each group.

    The Dictator's Handbook remains available in epub form and in print.
    Write me at moc.liamg@71orifaz (backwards for spam protection) if
    you'd like epub or pdf copy of the book.

    It was fun while it lasted! Thanks to everyone who participated over
    the years.


    Why not just declare it abandoned? Usenet is full of abandoned hierarchies.

    --
    Neodome

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  • From RS Wood@21:1/5 to Neodome Admin on Sun Mar 8 02:19:24 2020
    XPost: dictator.announce

    On 2020-03-06, Neodome Admin <admin@neodome.net> wrote:
    Why not just declare it abandoned? Usenet is full of abandoned hierarchies.

    For the pleasure of doing the right thing, which is shutting down
    properly. Usenet doesn't need any new abandoned hierarchies, especially
    when I've still got the GPG keys and my health!

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  • From RS Wood@21:1/5 to All on Sat Apr 18 14:06:51 2020
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    It is done.

    I sent out rmgroup control messages for all eight groups in the
    hierarchy, stopped all feeds, and shut down INN last week. Later today
    I'll decomission the server.

    Thanks to everyone that participated in the dictator hierarchy. Anyone
    still carrying those groups is on their own now :)

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  • From =?UTF-8?Q?Julien_=c3=89LIE?=@21:1/5 to All on Sun Apr 19 09:03:26 2020
    XPost: dictator.announce

    Hi,

    It is done.

    I sent out rmgroup control messages for all eight groups in the
    hierarchy, stopped all feeds, and shut down INN last week. Later today
    I'll decomission the server.

    Thanks to everyone that participated in the dictator hierarchy. Anyone
    still carrying those groups is on their own now :)

    The rmgroup control articles were not processed by ftp.isc.org:

    2020-04-16 23:20:03 [17160] <rmgroup-dictator.asia-1587078626@stalin.dictatorshandbook.net> PGP:
    gpg: Signature made Thu Apr 16 16:10:57 2020 PDT using RSA key ID 8361E3C3 2020-04-16 23:20:03 [17160] <rmgroup-dictator.asia-1587078626@stalin.dictatorshandbook.net> PGP:
    gpgv exited with status 2

    Consequently, the hierarchy still appears in ftp.isc.org and:
    http://usenet.trigofacile.com/hierarchies/index.py?see=DICTATOR


    The public PGP key seems the right one, corresponding to:
    http://dictatorshandbook.net/usenet/news-public.key

    It will need manual deletion then on a few systems...

    --
    Julien ÉLIE

    « En fait, je n'ai qu'une prétention, c'est de ne pas plaire à tout
    le monde. Plaire à tout le monde, c'est plaire à n'importe qui. »
    (Sacha Guitry)

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  • From RS Wood@21:1/5 to iulius@nom-de-mon-site.com.invalid on Sun Apr 19 11:02:08 2020
    XPost: dictator.announce

    On Sun, 19 Apr 2020 09:03:26 +0200
    Julien LIE <iulius@nom-de-mon-site.com.invalid> wrote:

    The rmgroup control articles were not processed by ftp.isc.org:

    2020-04-16 23:20:03 [17160] <rmgroup-dictator.asia-1587078626@stalin.dictatorshandbook.net> PGP:
    gpg: Signature made Thu Apr 16 16:10:57 2020 PDT using RSA key ID 8361E3C3 2020-04-16 23:20:03 [17160] <rmgroup-dictator.asia-1587078626@stalin.dictatorshandbook.net> PGP:
    gpgv exited with status 2

    Consequently, the hierarchy still appears in ftp.isc.org and:
    http://usenet.trigofacile.com/hierarchies/index.py?see=DICTATOR

    Julien - Anything I should have done differently, or could do now?

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  • From Russ Allbery@21:1/5 to RS Wood on Sun Apr 19 13:35:15 2020
    XPost: dictator.announce

    RS Wood <rswood@therandymon.com> writes:
    Julien ÉLIE <iulius@nom-de-mon-site.com.invalid> wrote:

    The rmgroup control articles were not processed by ftp.isc.org:

    2020-04-16 23:20:03 [17160]
    <rmgroup-dictator.asia-1587078626@stalin.dictatorshandbook.net> PGP:
    gpg: Signature made Thu Apr 16 16:10:57 2020 PDT using RSA key ID 8361E3C3 >> 2020-04-16 23:20:03 [17160]
    <rmgroup-dictator.asia-1587078626@stalin.dictatorshandbook.net> PGP:
    gpgv exited with status 2

    Consequently, the hierarchy still appears in ftp.isc.org and:
    http://usenet.trigofacile.com/hierarchies/index.py?see=DICTATOR

    Julien - Anything I should have done differently, or could do now?

    Did you change public keys? The one I have is 4B1A460A. The key at:

    http://dictatorshandbook.net/usenet/news-public.key

    also appears to be 4B1A460A (with subkey 2FB10D8D). The key used to sign
    these control messages appears to be some other key.

    --
    Russ Allbery (eagle@eyrie.org) <https://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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  • From RS Wood@21:1/5 to Russ Allbery on Tue Apr 21 00:05:54 2020
    XPost: dictator.announce

    On 2020-04-19, Russ Allbery <eagle@eyrie.org> wrote:
    RS Wood <rswood@therandymon.com> writes:
    Julien ÉLIE <iulius@nom-de-mon-site.com.invalid> wrote:

    The rmgroup control articles were not processed by ftp.isc.org:

    2020-04-16 23:20:03 [17160]
    <rmgroup-dictator.asia-1587078626@stalin.dictatorshandbook.net> PGP:
    gpg: Signature made Thu Apr 16 16:10:57 2020 PDT using RSA key ID 8361E3C3 >>> 2020-04-16 23:20:03 [17160]
    <rmgroup-dictator.asia-1587078626@stalin.dictatorshandbook.net> PGP:
    gpgv exited with status 2

    Consequently, the hierarchy still appears in ftp.isc.org and:
    http://usenet.trigofacile.com/hierarchies/index.py?see=DICTATOR

    Julien - Anything I should have done differently, or could do now?

    Did you change public keys? The one I have is 4B1A460A. The key at:

    http://dictatorshandbook.net/usenet/news-public.key

    also appears to be 4B1A460A (with subkey 2FB10D8D). The key used to sign these control messages appears to be some other key.

    The key changed in 2015 when I had to rebuild the server. What do you recommend as the best path forward?

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  • From =?UTF-8?Q?Julien_=c3=89LIE?=@21:1/5 to All on Wed Apr 22 20:32:06 2020
    XPost: dictator.announce

    Hi Randall,

    Did you change public keys? The one I have is 4B1A460A. The key at:

    http://dictatorshandbook.net/usenet/news-public.key

    also appears to be 4B1A460A (with subkey 2FB10D8D). The key used to sign
    these control messages appears to be some other key.

    The key changed in 2015 when I had to rebuild the server.

    Why wasn't it updated in the web site then? All trimestrial posts named "Dictator Hierarchy" in news.admin.hierarchies still mention the old key
    (even the last one in December 2019).


    What do you recommend as the best path forward?

    If nobody has the new key, one cannot do much to automatically remove
    these newsgroups with control messages...

    --
    Julien ÉLIE

    « A man inserted an 'ad' in the classifieds: "Wife wanted".
    Next day he received a hundred letters.
    They all said the same thing: "You can have mine." »

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  • From Neodome Admin@21:1/5 to RS Wood on Thu Apr 23 01:45:39 2020
    XPost: dictator.announce

    RS Wood <rsw@therandymon.com> wrote:

    It is done.

    I sent out rmgroup control messages for all eight groups in the
    hierarchy, stopped all feeds, and shut down INN last week. Later today
    I'll decomission the server.

    Thanks to everyone that participated in the dictator hierarchy. Anyone
    still carrying those groups is on their own now :)

    Are you willing to distribute archive of dictator.*?

    --
    Neodome

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  • From Russ Allbery@21:1/5 to RS Wood on Sat Apr 25 16:15:11 2020
    XPost: dictator.announce

    RS Wood <rsw@therandymon.com> writes:
    On 2020-04-19, Russ Allbery <eagle@eyrie.org> wrote:

    Did you change public keys? The one I have is 4B1A460A. The key at:

    http://dictatorshandbook.net/usenet/news-public.key

    also appears to be 4B1A460A (with subkey 2FB10D8D). The key used to
    sign these control messages appears to be some other key.

    The key changed in 2015 when I had to rebuild the server. What do you recommend as the best path forward?

    We generally don't stand on ceremony when removing things, and it seems extremely unlikely that this whole conversation is somehow forged. I've
    gone ahead and manually removed the groups from the ftp.isc.org active
    file, and will drop the configuration from control-archive when I next get around to making a release.

    --
    Russ Allbery (eagle@eyrie.org) <https://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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  • From RS Wood@21:1/5 to Neodome Admin on Sun Apr 26 11:06:32 2020
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    On Thu, 23 Apr 2020 01:45:39 -0000 (UTC)
    Neodome Admin <admin@neodome.net> wrote:

    RS Wood <rsw@therandymon.com> wrote:

    It is done.

    I sent out rmgroup control messages for all eight groups in the
    hierarchy, stopped all feeds, and shut down INN last week. Later today I'll decomission the server.

    Thanks to everyone that participated in the dictator hierarchy. Anyone still carrying those groups is on their own now :)

    Are you willing to distribute archive of dictator.*?

    Sure, it will be a .tgz of the spool files I guess, and only current since 2015 since what was posted previously was lost. Blocknews.org and other long-retention servers have the entire spool starting from 2012. Write me at zafiro17 AT gmail DOT com.

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  • From RS Wood@21:1/5 to Russ Allbery on Sun Apr 26 11:04:13 2020
    XPost: dictator.announce

    On Sat, 25 Apr 2020 16:15:11 -0700
    Russ Allbery <eagle@eyrie.org> wrote:

    We generally don't stand on ceremony when removing things, and it seems extremely unlikely that this whole conversation is somehow forged. I've
    gone ahead and manually removed the groups from the ftp.isc.org active
    file, and will drop the configuration from control-archive when I next get around to making a release.


    Thank you Russ, and for your patience. I dug around in my keyring to
    find out where the issue is, and it's been a wetware problem:

    Key 4B1A46OA is correct since 2015. The website was updated correctly
    etc. Unfortunately the signing key was corrupted on my key ring, and
    GPG defaulted to another key with the same email address. That's why
    the posts were signed with a wrong key.

    You've proceeded in the right way and I appreciate it. I'll be
    shutting down the server. My dislike of GPG stems from my endless
    frustrations trying but failing to use it without error.

    Thanks to you all for your patience, guidance, and company.

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  • From Russ Allbery@21:1/5 to RS Wood on Sun Apr 26 14:51:28 2020
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    RS Wood <rswood@therandymon.com> writes:

    You've proceeded in the right way and I appreciate it. I'll be shutting
    down the server. My dislike of GPG stems from my endless frustrations
    trying but failing to use it without error.

    Yeah, the idea behind it is very good, but we've never succeeded in making
    it easy to use. Even today, despite some reasonably decent tools and
    libraries for signing things, the underlying libraries and file formats
    and whatnot are arcane and tricky to use properly.

    I'm personally extremely familiar with them and use GnuPG routinely for
    other purposes, and I'm still putting off rewriting a bunch of ancient
    tools that badly need to be rewritten.

    --
    Russ Allbery (eagle@eyrie.org) <https://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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