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This is the second classroom, I have invited here as teacher, today, ~S~ nn, a master searcher I have had the honour to met on my old messageboards. Just read the text below, where he goes to great lengths in order to explain the "values" and "advantages" of leeching, and I'm sure you'll understand and enjoy...
This thread, originally, on private emails.
Second classroom
The subtle art of leeching
by ~S~ nn, January 2000

Slightly edited by fravia+

OK, and sorry for my crap-english, here: fravia+ has invited me to held today's workshop as a "Master leecher"... a title which could appear almost as an insult to some unaware readers ;-] Yet I'll try to explain you WHY it is [at times] important to leech and WHERE you should eventually practicize this art if you are so inclined.
I'm sure you are aware of the fact that professional leeching is a science in its own rights, with great and well-known historical traditions. It is currently practicized [at times with considerable mastership] in all universities, political parties, corporations, financial advisors companies, newspapers and advertisement agencies I know of, to cite but a few of the places where you are 100% sure to meet some great leechers.

The web, through its pseudo-anonymity and thanks to the naÔvitšt of many good souls, who are indeed offering real knowledge for free, has obviously incredibly increased all kind of leeching possibilities. You can be sure that on any site, messageboard, newsgroup where people that 'are in the know' are exchanging some snippets of real information there are dozens of 'professional' leechers overing around.
I will not enter now into the curious and arkane world of newsgroup and messageboard tricks & lures, I'm sure fravia+ himself and other well known avatars know more that enough about such stuff ;-] therefore they may explain those things themselves [if they care] much better than I ever could, but I'll tell you right away some principle that you should IMO head if you want to master the subtle art of leeching [or should you aspire to a "Master Leecher" title as well ;-] which I believe you should by all means for reasons that I hope will be clear to you before you have finished reading this short essay.

Let's try to list some principles: I'll now try to explain with some examples how IMPORTANT leeching can be for whatever cause you happen to fight for ;-]
Leeching is most of the time directed towards your [real or supposed] "enemies". Let's say for instance that you are trying to fight the spammers that use all tricks of the trade in order to put their commercial shit sites in the first slots of the main search engines... well, in that case you would be well advised to leech [certainly not contribute!] their 'dedicated' messageboards, like, for instance: http://searchengineforums.com/bin/Ultimate.cgi
You had a look? Impressive stuff, isn't it? Ideal field for brave leechers!

The proxy-leeching example

Another typical example: you may be a fairly passable hacker, and yet you may personally not have enough time to research and learn all the many things you should know about proxies. Now, proxies [hope you know what they are] is a big field, with many branches, specialities and specialists. The ideal target for leechers ;-]
I would begin with these sites:
Then I would continue with this messageboard:

And then carry on with the following sites:
Of course you'll need at times some linguistic knowledge, fort instance for http://members.tripod.co.jp/tkoike/

And finally use a dummy identity on the following maillists:
see http://www.onelist.com/messages/proxy-methods-list

You will soon discover that there are well-known AUTHORITIES about proxies: one of the top priorities for a good leecher is to find out quickly WHO is a real "kenner" in the target field, in order to avoid loosing time with lamers. A good leecher developes quickly a 'sixt sense' for evaluating people on the web, behind all hipes and/or smokes.
wayne [wayne(at)nym(dot)alias(dot)net]
Craig Carey [research(at)ijs(dot)co(dot)nz], see http://www.ijs.co.nz/basic.htm, father of the snooz metasearch engine
Jeff Wierer http://proxyfaq.networkgods.com/
This all borders with the huge field of anonymizer services and automatic proxy-judges
Finally, NEVER forget the usenet groups: in this case you'll soon find out that alt.privacy and microsoft.public.prox are the two most important groups for leeching purposes, but you'll have also the opportunity to visit japan.www.proxy.squid, microsoft.public.ae.arabic.proxyserver, microsoft.public.il.hebrew.proxyserver, microsoft.public.proxy, microsoft.public.proxybeta, muc.lists.www-proxy, and novell.bordermanager.proxy.
Finally, should you want a list of ready-made proxies.... http://members.xoom.com/8001/a4.html
Or you may use the services of this famous <& href="http://www.infovlad.net/internet/proxydata.html">proxy look up
You should also not forget that some proxies experts hover around the old fravia "main" messageboard at http://www.insidetheweb.com/mbs.cgi/mb155985, and you should by all means leech thoroughly the archives at http://www.multimania.com/ephemeric/, don't underestimate some of these guys!
Of course even this small leeching tour will have convinced you that the related field of Ip-spoofing leeching is at least as interesting as the dedicated proxy leeching I used as an example ;-]

I used the field of "proxies" only as an example for the power of leeching, because it is related to the fraviesques activities that this site is hosting ;-] and thus can be of some help for any future leecher reasonably concerned about his anonymity when leeching. I hope that many of you will join the legions of professional leechers out there and that you will put to personal profit the knowledge you have leeched to-day from this essay.

Tools for brave leechers

Some useful tools for leechers [I mean, besides the common search tools]:
(try http://www.onelist.com/search?q=cracking)

(try http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=cracking&sp-a=00020531-sp00000000&sp-k=Library)

I hope this short approach to the magic of leeching was of some interest for at least some of you. I hope it will also help to counter all this propaganda against 'bad' leechers that never contribute and only leech.
That's exactly what a good leecher should always do :-]
OK, ok, enough blabbering: forget this funny and probably useless contribution of mine, just a faux pas I reckon, I'm going back into the deep waters where the great black lurchers dwell...
of course this is still in fieri...

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