This article is from the Italy FAQ, by Gianluigi Sartori firstname.lastname@example.org, Paolo Fiorini email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Last modified: June 8 1993
Not really. This refers to the problem of crossposting.
Crossposting is an easy way to increase your audience, and it
does so in a rational way because a single message is shared by
several newsgroups. Unfortunately it is easy to abuse this
feature and try to get attention from everybody on a particular
issue close to your heart.
The real problem is in the follow-up to a crossposted message,
because without knowing it you can be responsible for a cascade
effect. Then of course there are meta-crosspostings, that is,
postings about stopping the crossposting that are crossposted.
In May 1993 a message about the minke whale (one of the few
species of whales not under direct risk of extinction) killing
was crossposted on s.c.i. People had different responses
and somebody developed an allergy to whales.