I have come to the conclusion that I am missing a bunch of your fine
postings. The number (AOL says I have and the actual) differ, and I've
contacted their support a couple of times, but it still doesn't ad up. It is
time to access it through a different provider, who is your favorite.
I hope the replies appear so I can read them.
Or, from any newsreader client you want on your system, with the free
newsserver at news.individual.net - they have excellent article retention
times (months), very reliable, free, and fast. Just because you
may connect with AOL or some other ISP doesn't limit you to using their
I'll second that suggestion. I've been using them for at least 2-3
years now - before they became n.i.n.
And the few times they've ben down for maintenance, they've announced it
on alt.free.newsservers and went down and came back up on the schedule
they'd specified. Great news source.
Nope. Or not so's you'd notice. They do provide filtering for the contents, but
I find the same thing happens to my reading as ToolMiser finds. The start of
many, maybe most, threads never appears. My own posts seldom appear.
There's something weird at AOL, though I'm not sure it's the same as
Shakespeare's "something rotten in Denmark."
"One of the common denominators I have found is that expectations rise above
that which is expected." George W. Bush
This is my favorite:
Notice that they have some rules you have to obey. No big deal to most
people, but they do enforce them. The big one many find objectionable is
the need to post with a non-munged reply address. It's a good feed, and
it's free unless you're a German taxpayer.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek; registered Linux user #243621
On 19 Jan 2005 02:27:53 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (ToolMiser) wrote:
I just switched to Giganews... not by choice, because comcast switched
I get all the NG's that I did with whatever they were using before,
but with an amazing retention rate... I haven't seen a "no longer
available" post since I started with Giganews..
Please remove splinters before emailing
For a quick check, you can look in Google Groups...comparing what's
present there with what AOL shows will let you know if you're really
missing anything (for various reasons the numbers shown by readers
and servers can get out of whack, so you may not be missing anything).
If there are missing articles, you can probably get the message IDs
from Google, and ask AOL support where they went (message IDs are
unique for each article). Note that the "new" version of Google
Groups is a disaster & all but useless, so you might want to try
google.ca or google.co.uk to access Google Groups.
If you do want to move on to a different server, you've basically
got two choices: if all you want is rec.ww, or rec.ww and some
other text groups, go with news.individual.net. It's free, it's
about the best run server on Usenet, there's no reason to go anywhere
else. If, on the otherhand, you also want binary groups (either
to get a.b.p.w or to get pr0n), you pretty much have to pay. The
best of the pay services is Supernews (they take a strict line on
trolls, spam, etc). Newsguy, Giganews, EasyNews, and UsenetServer
also get more-or-less good reviews.
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