Denial of productivity attack

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A denial of productivity attack (DoPA) is an action or series of actions that prevents an individual or group from doing their jobs by diverting their time and effort.[1]

Climate change denier Steve McIntyre is an enthusiastic user of the Denial of Productivity Attack. Climate scientists Gerald North describes McIntyre's approach:

This guy can just wear you out. He has started it with me but I just don’t bite. But there are some guys, Ben Santer comes to mind, who if they are questioned will take a lot of time to answer. He’s sincere and he just can’t leave these things [alone]. If you get yourself in a back-and-forth with these guys it can be never ending, and basically they shut you down with requests. They want everything, all your computer programs. Then they send you back a comment saying, “I don’t understand this, can you explain it to me.” It’s never ending. And the first thing you know you’re spending all your time dealing with these guys.

Repeated FOIA requests are sometimes discussed as a hypothetical DoPA, and have been used as such at least once.[3]

For a cooler, positive example, Spamnesty[4] does this to spammers by using a bot to fake interested replies to the spammer for as long as possible. Example.