This article is from the Shenanigans FAQ, by Michael Moncur altshen@REMOVETHIS-starlingtech.com with numerous contributions by others.
Once again, I'm not in any control - but these are some things that you
may regret if you post them. See also #6 below, "Shenanigans we've
all heard before", before you post any great new ideas you may have.
1. I'm really annoyed with X. Could everyone do me a favor and send
really huge files to his email address?
There are two major reasons not to post this: first, it's stupid,
blatant, and harms everyone by overrunning the bandwidth of the net.
Second, this is alt.shenanigans - if you're foolish enough to post this,
expect the mail to come to YOUR address instead.
However, if you see such a post, PLEASE just ignore it. You don't
really know if the person who posted it was even using his own account,
and everyone will suffer.
2. What can I do about the guy who always parks in my parking space?
I don't know why, but these questions keep coming up. The answer is
simple - ask him not to. If that doesn't work, you're on your own. A
shenanigan might confuse him, annoy him, or make him mad, but I doubt it
will convince him to stop parking there.
3. How can I get revenge on my noisy/messy/annoying
Well, if you're good-natured, and the person in question is too, a
shenanigan may be a good revenge. However, the people who post these
sorts of questions tend to want something more severe. In that case,
call your local authorities, or consult the alt.revenge newsgroup.
4. You can't even spell 'vociferousness', so why do you
think you know so much about shenanigans?
Well, I know that all newsgroups are plagued by spelling flames, but I
can dream, can't I?