ghodmode at ghodmode.com
Thu Aug 18 12:09:56 EDT 2011
On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 10:58 PM, Alain Ketterlin
<alain at dpt-info.u-strasbg.fr> wrote:
> Ghodmode <ghodmode at ghodmode.com> writes:
>> Make an effort to curb the spam even if it means killing the newsgroup
>> availability. Choose mailman or Google Groups, or another single
>> solution. Make it members only, but allow anyone to register with an
>> automated confirmation email and a CAPTCHA. Appoint a list admin who
>> has a few minutes each day to scan subjects of emails for spammers and
>> remove them from the members list.
> Or save work and find a public nntp server (or setup one, or ask your
> provider), and use a news reader to follow the list (even thunderbird
> can do this). No spam, no need to store messages on your machine,
> auto-purge after a configurable delay, etc.
> Problem solved.
Is that easier than just checking your email? I guess it's a matter
Newsgroups aren't inherently spam-free. They're filtered. At least
that's the case with Gmane (http://gmane.org/spam.php).
My own ISP doesn't provide a news server and, although there are many
links for free open news servers, most of them don't seem to work.
I did check, though. I found a free, open news server with
comp.lang.python after 6 that didn't work. Unfortunately, the one I
found is read-only. I'll have to do some more looking if I want to
participate in the newsgroup. I set it up in Thunderbird. I waited
for a few minutes while it loaded the available newsgroups, then
filtered the list for comp.lang.python and subscribed. I noticed
that, when clicking on a message, there is another delay while I wait
for the content of the message to load.
I was happy to see significantly less spam in the newsgroup than in
the mailing list, but there was still more than I see in other mailing
For me, this is much more difficult, although I'm sure that this is a
matter of perspective. Also, I have something that's tied to this
computer. I can't read it on my laptop, my mobile device, or at a
cyber-cafe. I have to sit in front of this computer if I want to read
the newsgroup and, until I find another news server that isn't
read-only, I can't even post messages.
For me, I'll stick with email.
> -- Alain.
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