As has been mentioned, my newsreader has a function that tabulates the
messages to the group which I will post once a month. It's entirely
dependent upon my downloading the messages so it can read headers and
Google Groups has a rudimentary statistics page for each group as well.
I cannot speak for its accuracy since I'm rather certain they honor the
X-Noarchive setting that certain people like to use so their messages
won't be archived by newsservers. Here's the one for alt.home.repair:
Hey, I was looking on google, out of curiosity sake, to see if other
news readers had the option for group statistics like yours has, and
turns out that Mesnews does statistics. I have an old copy of it, so I
thought I'd check it out and see what it showed, if anything useful at
all. Took me a while to update it and then download the repair group
posts, and then try their stats report.
Anyway, I wanted to ask you what you (or anyone else interested) thought
of the stats it provided? I converted it to a pdf and uploaded here so
you/anyone could get a look at it.
Those are certainly more comprehensive than what my newsreader shows,
but I question the necessity for most of those statistics. Not only
that, hardly anyone here would bother reading 23 pages of group
At the time I was switching from Outlook Express to a new newsreader I
experimented with several available ones before settling on Xananews.
Mesnews, Dialog and Xnews were others I tried extensively but in the
end I found Xananews closest to Outlook Express and it just fit my eye
better. The range of customization is endless and it doesn't use a
scoring system for filtering articles which I found confusing. These
days it seems most people prefer Thunderbird but I haven't progressed
that far yet.
Well, the report can be edited to have less information, plus, I had to
change the view of the original doc file so all columns would fit on the
page, which, made it more pages. What I found interesting was the
number of different people who actually post to the repair group - over
200 different people just in the first 17 days of the this month. Also,
the percentages it showed of how often people posted. It would have
been easy to just take the top 20 of everything and just show a few
pages of stats, too, but since it was the first time I thought I'd show
everything mesnews tallied up.
Is Xananews a paid news reader? I've not looked that one up or seen it
on any of my searches.
No, it's free. It was abandoned by the original developer after he got
involved in World of Warcraft. Another guy recently took it over and has
been working on it. Frankly I haven't kept up to date because it works
perfectly fine for me and I have modified mine to make it a no install
program and the newer versions broke that so I reverted back.
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