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Keith Thompson
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      08-14-2012
lovecreatesbeauty <(E-Mail Removed)> writes:
> On Saturday, July 28, 2012 5:16:56 PM UTC, Tim Prince wrote:
>> You're posting through to usenet groups which are much older than Google
>> groups. google gateway appears to have been your own choice. The next
>> choice is yours. Use a normal newsgroup application, and one of the well
>> run specialist newsgroup servers.

>
> Are there reliable free newsgroup servers


Yes, news.eternal-september.org for example.

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Neil Cerutti
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      08-14-2012
On 2012-08-14, Keith Thompson <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> lovecreatesbeauty <(E-Mail Removed)> writes:
>> On Saturday, July 28, 2012 5:16:56 PM UTC, Tim Prince wrote:
>>> You're posting through to usenet groups which are much older than Google
>>> groups. google gateway appears to have been your own choice. The next
>>> choice is yours. Use a normal newsgroup application, and one of the well
>>> run specialist newsgroup servers.

>>
>> Are there reliable free newsgroup servers

>
> Yes, news.eternal-september.org for example.


There are lots of cheap alternatives, too. I use
news.individual.net (a formerly free service) for like $18 a
year.

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Robert Miles
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      09-10-2012
On 8/1/2012 12:15 PM, David Bernier wrote:
> On 07/31/2012 01:11 PM, Michael Stemper wrote:
>> In
>> article<(E-Mail Removed)>,
>> Fabrizio J Bonsignore<(E-Mail Removed)> writes:
>>
>>> The new interface is unbearable. It is over a decade of using a TEXT
>>> ORIENTED interface, daily almost, daily for periods, and suddenly...
>>> Not all of a sudden but now the choice is being imposed. For some
>>> reason I was still able to login into this interface, but opening a
>>> new tab... I am spending more time fighting the OS and interface than
>>> actually writing something!
>>>
>>> Not to mention the backing up... With the original interface backing
>>> up is just a matter of Save as... and parsing texts; with the new
>>> interface... WHAT IS THE OBFUSCATED CODE OF FACEBOOK DOING HERE? Or is
>>> Facebook an outcome of the obfuscated code of the Google search page?
>>>
>>> In fact, a change of interface is a change of product! These google
>>> groups are dead!
>>>
>>> I already gave a SOLUTION: LET USERS CHOOSE INTERFACE.

>>
>> That solution has existed as long as Usenet has. Anybody can choose
>> which client and which service provider to use to access Usenet. You
>> have chosen to use a web browser and Google.
>>
>> There are many other choices. Instead of whining about how you're using
>> something you don't like, use something else.
>>

>
> For Usenet reader, I use Thunderbird, a product of the Mozilla
> people who make Firefox.
>
> I've heard good things about Forte Agent, Gnus and other
> news-readers. Using some form of filtering and/or
> "spam-scoring" for ng-junk is most beneficial.
>
> Dave


I've found that about 99% of the spam is posted through Google Groups,
and therefore reporting it to them regardless of where it it was
posted tend to help persuade the spammer (or the spammer's boss)
not to post any more spam to the same newsgroup. However, it
usually takes two people reporting the same piece of spam to persuade
Google Groups to remove it from their list of available posts. If
you want to be one of the two, start here:

https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!overview

Once you've reached the newsgroup, start clicking on threads, but
notice that spam threads usually have no replies (except from
the same spammer). If you're the first person to report a piece
of spam, click on the ! in the octagon, then the type of abuse
(spam by default, but the other types usually get faster action
if the post actually fits those descriptions), then Submit report.

If you're not the first, the octagon will not appear and it will
be more obvious how to agree that it is some form of abuse.

Exception - if there are multiple posts in the thread, click on
the triangle to the right of post reply if you're the first to
report it as abuse, or scroll to the bottom of the post if
you're the second.

Or, if you're more politically active, persuade your government
to pass a law saying that spammers no longer qualify as human,
and therefore have no human rights, and no protection from
people who hate them.

Robert Miles

 
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