Ingenuity of a System Administrator

"Back in the early 90's when I was in college and everyone had email accounts on shared unix servers that they'd log into, a sysadmin friend would oftentimes notice that the disk would be getting close to full. He'd start a process that would slowly fill up disk space, and wait as all the other logged in users would realize they could no longer save files - then they'd frantically start to delete files they no longer needed. After a while he'd cancel his process and the system would have a lot more space."
-- tunesmith, emphasis added.
Never underestimate the ingenuity of a system administrator. Funny yet brilliant trick to "motivate" users in the server to clean up their unused files there. I'm wondering will that work for the servers I'm handling right now? Is this trick going to backfire? The only concern is that you've to be extra careful when you fill up your server space intentionally. You may accidentally lock yourself out from remote login as I remember, SSH to a server do uses up a little bit of hard disc spaces.

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