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2005 post[edit]

No offence meant to any author, but this article sounds like a direct copy from a Homeland Security thingy. Perhaps an article more focused on the different kinds of bombs, and less focused on what to do when one recieves a suspicious package, is in order. Also, the article makes it sound like any mailbomb will never be sent in a perfectly normal looking cardboard box. -- 16:10, 29 Apr 2005 (UTC) That was me. --Kasperl 16:47, 29 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Term for e-mail with subversive attachment[edit]

PJTraill 14:05, 17 April 2006 (UTC) — Does anyone have a term for an e-mail with an attachment containing malware? I assumed that that was what a mail bomb was till this page disabused me.

There are a variety of terms depending on what the payload is. But that's not why I'm writing. Someone redirected my recently-added entry at email bomb back to mailbomb on account of there's some discussion of email bombing here. A comment was made that perhaps the e-mail relate section needs to be split out of this (mailbomb) article and moved to email bomb. I agree, but I don't know how to do that. So if someone with this page on their watchlist could do that I'd be grateful.

Tall Girl 01:36, 22 May 2006 (UTC)

Broken links[edit]

Unfortunately the split for e-mail has left a large number of links from articles which intended to refer to the internet phenomenon, pointing at the wrong article. This needs to be carefully reviewed, link by link, see I've done a couple. Notinasnaid 17:26, 25 July 2006 (UTC)

Why is this page a US Homeland Security How-To-Recognise a letter bomb article?[edit]

Seriously, I came onto the page interested to know the mechanics of letter bombs, how they work, who invented the notion, so on and so forth, and instead I get a page informing me that grease stains on a letter make it a bomb. Maybe a mechanic/car racer/cook/unhygeinic moron sent it? A lopsided letter?! I send them all the time, since I tend to make personalised envelopes. Why is some third rate scare shit on wikipedia? It reads like someone intelligent started the page and then it got edited, poorly.

Breaking News[edit]

Is it ok to add breaking news? I added in something I read on the BBC news site just now, but perhaps I should have added it to Wikinews. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 10:41, 7 February 2007 (UTC).

Article should be renamed 'Letter bomb'[edit]

I've never even heard the term 'mailbomb' before, it's always been 'letter bomb', and sometimes 'parcel bomb'. Letter bomb is generally used to describe any type of this device, even if it is a larger parcel.

Google hits: "letter bomb" - 1,570,000 / "mailbomb" - 134,000 -- 17:31, 10 February 2007 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived move proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the proposal was PAGE MOVED per discussion below. -GTBacchus(talk) 17:02, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

MailbombLetter bomb — Move based on most commonly used and searched for term. "Letter bomb" is more frequently used to describe this device, even if it a larger type. (Mailbomb might be more technically accurate but letter bomb is the most used. Google hits: "letter bomb" - 1,570,000 / "mailbomb" - 134,000 Saikokira 21:05, 27 February 2007 (UTC)


Add  # '''Support'''  or  # '''Oppose'''  on a new line in the appropriate section followed by a brief explanation, then sign your opinion using ~~~~. Please remember that this survey is not a vote, and please provide an explanation for your recommendation.

Survey - in support of the move[edit]

  1. Support even if it is a package, the media still reports it as a "letter bomb" threat. 04:14, 28 February 2007 (UTC)
  2. Support per Wikipedia:Naming conventions (common names) and Wikipedia:Naming conventions (precision). In addition to the fact "letter bomb" gets most number of Google hits ("letter bomb" - 622,000, "mail bomb" - 209,000, mailbomb - 130,000 and "parcel bomb" - 62,500), "mail bomb" often refers to e-mail bomb while "letter bomb" rarely does. --Kusunose 04:58, 28 February 2007 (UTC)
  3. Support per argument by Kusunose. mceder (u t c) 18:06, 2 March 2007 (UTC)
  4. Support. I agree with the E-mail/paper mail distinction. Dekimasuよ! 06:20, 3 March 2007 (UTC)

Survey - in opposition to the move[edit]


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Letter Bomb?[edit]

Some people say they've never heard the term mailbomb before. I say I've never ever heard the terms parcel bomb or letter bomb. All the people I know refer to a bomb sent through the mail as a mailbomb. No one I know even uses the term parcel to refer to a is a the term parcel bomb isn't even used. Maybe official government and police documents use parcel or letter bomb, but I am from Nebraska and lived in Illinois and never ever heard anything other than mailbomb. The article on Theodore Kaczynski uses the term mail bomb...nothing does not use letter bomb or parcel bomb. I remember the FBI investigation and all the press coverage and never heard letter bomb or parcel bomb. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jethroangel (talkcontribs) 21:51, 1 June 2009 (UTC)

Neil Lennon[edit]

This article states that Neil Lennon was sent a parcel bomb in April 2011, but his page says that happened in March. Which is it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:27, 19 July 2011 (UTC)

Used in ISRAELI attacks?[edit]

Letter bombs are used by all sorts of individuals and organizations. After the Munich Massacre, Black September sent out 64 letter bombs to Israeli embassies worldwide. (Klein, Aaron. Striking Back. Random House, 2005, p, 115) So let's either mention both sides, or leave specific names out of this. I don't edit articles (usually) as a matter of personal policy because I don't want to take the time to learn all of Wikipedia's million rules about proper editing, so please, some fair-minded editor take on this issue. Thanks. (talk) 18:23, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

I would say lets have as many names and hence information as we can add on this subject. So by all means add this information with the citation you provided. I don't have personal access to the source mentioned, so I can't personally verify it for addition, but if you can, please add this information to the article. --Saddhiyama (talk) 00:07, 3 May 2014 (UTC)

Alleged 1947 Stern Gang attempt on Truman[edit]

This incident is sourced only to a website by a blogger with apparent conspiracy-belief tendencies. He does cite two other possibly respectable sources.

Until these sources are confirmed, this entry should be flagged. If they are confirmed they should replace the web reference. I will work on this. Maybe even tomorrow. Rich Rostrom (Talk) 04:58, 31 May 2014 (UTC)