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> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:redhat-list-
> email@example.com] On Behalf Of Yong Huang
> Sent: zondag 2 september 2012 20:54
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: Community support
> > 10 years ago, NNTP seemed to be the "place to be" to ask questions and
> > get answers from the general Linux community.
> > I've been out of touch for several years, and have seen, for example,
> > Microsoft completely drop NNTP and replace it with its own web-based
> > forums.
> > Is NNTP still the best community-based support forum? I don't know
> > know if my ISP still supports it as they use to have a local cache of
> > the majority of the groups at the time...
> > Marco
> I used to use it a lot. But there're at least two major reasons why it slowly
> falls into disuse. Popular use and the convenience of web forums is one. The
> other is failed control of spam, "flames" (as was called back then), and all
> sorts of unprofessional remarks, all of which would be well controlled on a
> web forum with a human moderator. Google bought DejaNews many years
> ago so the inconvenience of using Usenet as such was eliminated (we could
> use http://groups.google.com). Google attempted to solve the second
> problem by providing a link "Report as spam" (something like that) but it was
> Nowadays, IT or computer related newsgroups are almost always full of
> spam. But non-IT groups, such as alt.home.repair, are quite active, and for
> some magic reason, are rarely spammed. Actually, I only go there through
> Google's web interface
> so even if it's not a Usenet newsgroup behind the scenes, I can't tell.
> Yong Huang
I recently found the stackexchange websites to be very useful. Through their system of votes spam and off-topic questions are largely avoided.
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