Bill Palmer (email@example.com) first made a name for himself in some of the Russian newsgroups for lengthy lampoons (Some were not bad, but didn't he have anything better to do?) and verbose self-righteousness. See Misha Verbitsky's Palmer archive for examples of the early Bill Palmer. What made Bill Palmer a truly distinguished Usenet kook was his belief that Igor Chudov created the newsgroup "alt.genius.bill-palmer" [hereafter a.g.b-p] in November 1996 as a compliment, rather than as irony. For about six months, Palmer valiantly stood his ground as the "focus person" of a.g.b-p, serving as an easy target for every flame-warrior-wannabe in Usenet.
In late summer of 1997, Palmer withdrew for a few weeks from a.g.b-p, sadder but perhaps wiser. More recently he has returned, but the histrionics are at a substantially lower level.
My "Troll" nomination for Igor Chudov
Some world celebrities stick up for Bill Palmer
"Arnaud Fercq"s Palmer archive
seems to have dropped off-line.
Igor Chudov's home page
Misha Verbitsky's 1997 Harvard archives
including his Palmer file