I've seen plenty of folks recommend Free Agent or Agent Forte but I've had
excellent luck with plain old Outlook Express coupled with NewsProxy and a
decent set of message rules. I see the occasional complaint but I never seem to
see what sets them off. That crap gets filtered before it makes it to my
As a result, I see a lot less traffic, but what I do see is on-topic. What did
me the most good was filtering on crossposted messages. They seem to have the
most off-topic crap in them, almost by definition. Outlook Express can't filter
crossposts, but the NewsProxy add-on can.
Free Agent doesn't exist anymore--you can find ancient versions in
various places but there hasn't been a new release in a very long
time. Agent has a free mode but it's the most annoying kind of
nagware I've ever seen--the icons and menu items for the disabled
features are still displayed and any time you click on one it asks you
if you want to upgrade.
Outlook Express with a decent proxy server does fine.
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