Why don't you use alt.test or misc.test (see below) like normal folks?
Novice users, and sometimes even others, occasionally place these "A
test, please ignore" messages in discussion newsgroups. Please don't do
this. It is wasteful of the resources. These news reach tens of
thousands of readers, so a very wide distribution is involved.
Furthermore, many users find the test messages very annoying in the
discussion newsgroups, and you have a good chance of getting some testy
There is a much better solution for the testing. There are special test
newsgroups just for this purpose, such as alt.test and misc.test. The
misc.test is a good option, since there are several test echoes along
the feed. They will automatically send you email acknowledgements when
your test posting reaches these servers.
This can be interesting once or twice, but after that you may want to
conduct your testing without these emails. In that case, you can tell
news servers to not send you these confirmation emails by including the
word "ignore" in the posting's subject line.
On 1/11/07 1:10 PM, in article
Actually, there was good reason for my doing what I did in spite of your
As it is, my test message must have reached this newsgroup because
otherwise, you would not have responded. Because it was not in the list of
headers I downloaded, that means that I could not read this newsgroup even
though I could send to it. Because of your message, I now know the problem
was with my news server.
-- Fermez le Bush
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