Re: New TECHWR-L Poll Question - TECHWR-L Newsgroup Usage

Subject: Re: New TECHWR-L Poll Question - TECHWR-L Newsgroup Usage
From: Paul Goble <pgcommunication -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2005 11:18:57 -0700

Lisa wrote:
> One thing that hadn't worked correctly for
> awhile was the bit.listserv.techwr-l newsgroup, as well as the mirror
> at lists.techwr-l.com.

I'm curious whether anyone noticed a decrease in spam during the time
that the newsgroup link was broken. Spammers regularly harvest email
addresses from newsgroups. Of the approximately 700 spams I get every
day, I attribute about half to my newsgroup postings.

I like reading techwr-l via a newsgroup, because the threading and
archiving ability of most newsreaders is far better than that of most
email clients. When I'm using a slow modem, the newsgroup allows me to
bypass downloading the full text of any messages I don't find
interesting.

While the newsgroup was broken, I switched my subscription over to a
gmail account. A big advantage of this strategy is that I can read
messages from home or from work, yet keep track of which articles I've
read. I like the ability to label a message, so I can go back and
find, say, "all messages relating to XML which I found particularly
useful."

I'm quite curious about the RSS suggestion. Do any RSS readers allow
you to mark messages as "interesting" or to shuffle them into folders
by topic?

Paul
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New TECHWR-L Poll Question - TECHWR-L Newsgroup Usage: From: Lisa M. Bronson

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