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September that never ended
All time since September 1993.
One of the seasonal rhythms of the Usenet used to be the annual
September influx of clueless newbies who, lacking any sense of
netiquette, made a general nuisance of themselves. This
coincided with people starting college, getting their first
internet accounts, and plunging in without bothering to learn what
was acceptable. These relatively small drafts of newbies could be
assimilated within a few months. But in September 1993, AOL users
became able to post to Usenet, nearly overwhelming the old-timers'
capacity to acculturate them; to those who nostalgically recall the
period before hand, this triggered an inexorable decline in the
quality of discussions on newsgroups. See also AOL!.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.