This is a quote from the book "The Gentleperson's Guide To Forum Spies" by Cryptome.org
...igger censorship by a forum moderator.
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Technique #4 - 'INFORMATION COLLECTION'
Information collection is also a very effective method to determine the psychological lev
el of the forum members, and to gather intelligence that can be used against them. In this technique in a light and positive environment a 'show you mine so me yours' posting is initiated. From
the number of replies and the answers that are provided much statistical information can be gathered. An example is to post your 'favourite weapon' and then encourage other members of the forum ...