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Killfile is a term used on Usenet.

It was a way for fans (or anyone else) to block messages from their newsreader before these messages ever entered their personal mailbox.

Killfile could be created that discarded articles matching unwanted patterns of subject, a specific sender, other header lines.

Not all newsreaders supported this option.

Examples of Use

  • "I would never killfile you."
  • "If you don't like his posts, killfile him (or them)."
  • "I put that thread in my killfile list."
  • "I'm sure that the news that I have now placed Joan in my email Killfile (meaning only that all messages and email posted by her will be deleted before they enter my mailbox; it isn't some odd sort of threat) will please her as much as it pleases me."