How do I block offensive newsgroups?

Discussion in 'Firefox' started by Christo van Tubbergh, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. Hi

    I use Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.6. I would like to know how I can block
    newsgroups with certain terms in the group name.

    Christo van Tubbergh, Dec 13, 2005
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  2. You really cant block them, all you can do is not subscribe to them
    Moz Champion (Dan), Dec 13, 2005
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  3. Christo van Tubbergh

    Stubby Guest

    I suspect he doesn't want to see them in the list of available news groups.
    Stubby, Dec 13, 2005
  4. Christo van Tubbergh

    Arne Guest

    I suspect he is talking about threads in newsgroups. :)
    What can be a problem with just not subscribe to a ng?


    Now ignoring all top posters
    * How to post:
    Arne, Dec 13, 2005
    Moz Champion (Dan), Dec 13, 2005
  6. Perhaps, but there is nothing one can do about that, except to complain
    to the news server administrator, which I dont think will do any good
    for most news servers.
    Moz Champion (Dan), Dec 13, 2005
  7. Hmmm, never thought of that, he did say newsgroups not messages.

    For individual messages/threads, one could use a filter to mark them
    read - they would still be there of course, but hitting the next button
    bypasses them quite well. Not blocked of course, just sorta out of view,
    out of mind.
    Moz Champion (Dan), Dec 13, 2005
  8. Christo van Tubbergh

    Nobody Guest

    <shaking head> Why look at them in the first place?
    Nobody, Dec 14, 2005
  9. Christo van Tubbergh

    gwtc Guest

    It could be a parent who wants to block groups such as so their kids won't view them.
    gwtc, Dec 14, 2005
  10. Christo van Tubbergh

    Ed Mullen Guest

    I'm not even gonna ask how you came up with that one. (Now heading for
    the liquor cabinet to see if I can get that image out of my head ...)

    Ed Mullen
    Sex: In America an obsession. In other parts of the world a fact. -
    Marlene Dietrich
    Ed Mullen, Dec 14, 2005
  11. Christo van Tubbergh

    gwtc Guest

    look it up, its there.
    gwtc, Dec 14, 2005
  12. Christo van Tubbergh

    Doug G Guest

    The only way I know of to not see a newsgroup name when using
    Thunderbird's Subscribe window is to delete the entire line containing
    newsgroup's name from the news server's hostinfo.dat file.

    If the offensive term was erotica or something similar, I'd probably
    need to remove about a quarter of the lines. The hostinfo.dat file for
    my ISP's news server has over 100,000 lines.

    The following are four lines from my ISP's hostinfo.dat file.

    Doug G, Dec 14, 2005
  13. I'll take your word for it. ;)

    Leonidas Jones, Dec 15, 2005
  14. The only problem i can see with that, is that if the list of groups is
    refreshed, would that not restore the offensive groups to the list?

    Leonidas Jones, Dec 15, 2005
  15. Christo van Tubbergh

    gwtc Guest

    maybe you could set it to read only -- I guess
    gwtc, Dec 15, 2005
  16. True, but if your provider adds new groups to the list, how do you
    access them?

    Leonidas Jones, Dec 15, 2005
  17. Christo van Tubbergh

    Doug G Guest

    If you knew the names of the groups, you could try getting them by
    adding the names to the server's *.rc file.
    Doug G, Dec 15, 2005
  18. Christo van Tubbergh

    gwtc Guest

    its a give and take situation.
    gwtc, Dec 15, 2005
  19. Indeed. Its an interesting question, that has sparked some interesting

    Leonidas Jones, Dec 15, 2005
  20. And a really useable solution might be here:

    Flatus Ohlfahrt, Dec 15, 2005
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