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Re: Anyone here interested in a Usenet group?

#11 Post by uncle mark » Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:43 pm

Dave, you have to have an account with a news server first. Go get a free one with Eternal September.

http://www.eternal-september.org/

While you're there, you can read through all their pages and documents and get a grasp of what it's all about.

In a nutshell, Usenet is a huge number of discussion groups that are hosted on a large number of servers that share/peer between themselves. Messages posted to the E-S news server (for example) are propogated to all the others, and can be read by someone using a different news server.

Yes, TB/Icedove includes a news reader client. You'll need to feed the client the settings from E-S, then load all the available groups, then subscribe to what you're interested in. You'll enter your username, and then give the client your password when you go to connect the first time. Port 119 is the usual port number for access; posting is usually done through port 25. (E-S may have different settings.)

Posting and responding is done in a threaded/nested fashion. All posts by anyone to a group are viewable to any and all.
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#12 Post by uncle mark » Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:47 pm

Jerry3904 wrote:Thoughts:
2) Are you thinking of this for the KDE-users in particular?
I wasn't, but that might not be a bad idea for all concerned.
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#13 Post by uncle mark » Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:57 pm

uncle mark wrote:It's the Wild West of the Internet. It's not for the faint of heart or the easily offended.
As an example of the above, check out the Eternal September FAQ on abuse:

http://www.eternal-september.org/index. ... page=abuse

They essentially say that anything goes.
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Re: Anyone here interested in a Usenet group?

#14 Post by richb » Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:06 pm

uncle mark wrote:
uncle mark wrote:It's the Wild West of the Internet. It's not for the faint of heart or the easily offended.
As an example of the above, check out the Eternal September FAQ on abuse:

http://www.eternal-september.org/index. ... page=abuse

They essentially say that anything goes.
Be prepared. My foray into it was rather unpleasant, but some may like the free-for-all, no holds barred atmosphere.
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#15 Post by DBeckett » Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:16 pm

 
Idiots can be lethal to a newsgroup. I subscribed to a Jeep newsgroup for years. Then a couple of idiots took issue with one of the regulars and began hammering the group with many obscene posts daily. I suspected it might have been automated. That went on for months until all but two or three of the old-timer regulars wandered off to a Jeep web forum. The Usenet group languished for many more months with posts being few and very far between (weeks). It has never recovered really. It's still there, but is really quiet.

That being said, there are tens of thousands of groups, concerning almost any topic you can think of, and many of them are enjoyable.
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#16 Post by jmyersWVa » Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:30 pm

richb wrote:
uncle mark wrote:
uncle mark wrote:It's the Wild West of the Internet. It's not for the faint of heart or the easily offended.
As an example of the above, check out the Eternal September FAQ on abuse:

http://www.eternal-september.org/index. ... page=abuse

They essentially say that anything goes.
Be prepared. My foray into it was rather unpleasant, but some may like the free-for-all, no holds barred atmosphere.
Yup. I learned that many years ago. Still get a kick out of ranting/raving/off topic lunitics though :happy: I quickly learned to use filters & rules to weed out the noise,but there are sometimes morphers.

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#17 Post by uncle mark » Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:45 pm

jmyersWVa wrote:Yup. I learned that many years ago. Still get a kick out of ranting/raving/off topic lunitics though :happy: I quickly learned to use filters & rules to weed out the noise,but there are sometimes morphers.
There's one general Usenet group that I've participated on for years. I met my wife there, count the regulars there among my best of friends, and have made a point to meet up with many them in real life whenever possible. That group is the single most enjoyable part of my "computer life". There have been a parade of disruptors come through over the years, with various degrees of vitriol and/or mental illness, and while they are a pita, you can deal with them with filters (software or just mental). Being offended is a choice.
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#18 Post by i_ri » Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:04 am

awww shucks. where is the mentally-ill smiley with the pout.ing lip out to parade a disruption when need one after notice of Not being the most enjoyable. uncle mark You are especially one of the most enjoyable parts of my computer life.
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#19 Post by Dieselrider » Sun Jan 03, 2016 9:46 am

I just registered over there at ES. I do notice there doesn't seem to be much traffic on several boards/ links i clicked on. I'll check out more later. No opinion formed here as yet.
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#20 Post by namida12 » Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:34 am

Dieselrider wrote:I just registered over there at ES. I do notice there doesn't seem to be much traffic on several boards/ links i clicked on. I'll check out more later. No opinion formed here as yet.
When I stumbled Upon the Usenet, 1999 it was the opposite, only a few groups had light traffic.

Trolls that you could not Stop posting off topic info:
http://lifehacker.com/5854053/how-to-st ... -your-life

They killed a number of newsgroups not just "Jeep"

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