simply eliminating subjects with the filter 'OT *' (dont include the ' signs
and the space in there is important so you wouldnt miss out on say a subject
whos first letters just happened to be ot like the word other) should do
what you want it to do. you might also add '[OT]*'
what newsreader are you using?
No, because he didn't do us the courtesy of putting "OT" in the subject line
of his post.
I will never, for the life of me understand what is so hard about ignoring
threads that are of no interest to people, whether they are off topic or
I'm working on one now as we speak. OK, as we type.
Anyway, I was in Target last weekend and on the clearance
rack there was this 20" Patton 3-speed floor fan. I got it
for $50. I'm thinking I can fab up a plywood (or MDF) box
and have three pleated filters on the intake side. This
thing really moves some CFMs and should pretty much filter
anything I throw at it.
For a while, anyway. About 5 years ago I bought 3 Patton fans. They all got
roughly the same amount of use and they all burned out within 8 months,
whereas the cheapo fans I bought to replace them have lasted for years.
I simply ignore or kill a thread that dosen't interest me and never
see it again. This even works well after a good thread has drifted
In Agent, it's the "I" (eye) key.
In Netscape, the "k" key does the same thing.
I find I miss too much good information with automatic subject
filters, except for obvious troll-like behavior.
Creating a filter that catches all 'off-topic' postings is a *very* difficult
exercise in artificial intelligence. Not to mention that what one person
considers 'off-topic' may seem perfectly relevant to somebody else. :)
To my knowledge, no such animal exists.
The 'politics' filter set for nFilter/NewsProxy, available at
catches many of the longer-running threads. It's does *NOT* catch them
immediately. Only when I _manually_ update with a new subject line, when
I run out of patience with the gubbage.
There's the intelligent one behind the keyboard. The only real
problem is the whackos who post to newsgroups about their religious
preferences and so on, but hide their rants behind seemingly
legitimate headers. It's just a game like sorting through your
regular mail without much thought about it. Look at it, chuck it.
Some is easy, some needs a quick peek. But above all, don't let it
get to you, or they win. That's their real childish goal in life,
what they really want, so don't give them the satisfaction. Ignore
them like tiny, yappy little dogs. Above all, don't respond.
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