So far I've just been killing threads that had any kinds of alt. or
politics cross posing in them,
There are simply too many loons starting too many new threads every day
to keep up any more.
They seem to think it's perfectly ok to cross post to non related groups
and aren't going to quit any time soon.
I thought I would try Free Agent and see what it's like, but the Free
part seems to have disappeared. Agent 6 looks to be a "trial" run for
30 days only.
What would be a good free reader that provides newsgroup filtering that
works? Tbird 6.0 absolutely sucks.
Agent is one of the few programs I didn't mind actually paying for. My
kill file is 400+ long by now, culls about 25-30% of RCM. I have them
all set globally, and they cull a similar amount from non-related
groups like SER.
Dweller in the cellar
Dialog is an older windows app, with powerful filtering abilities
compareed to most (more modern) news readers; including regex and custom
scripting -- if you want to take things that far (expect a steep
learning curve to employ regex, and custom scripts).
Sadly it is no longer supported by the author, but it runs well on XP.
Under 7 (64-bit) I see some quirkiness with the GUI, but I'm able to
work around it with minimal effort. Support is mostly user to user, on
news.software.readers. If you read/write German there is an active group
Hope it helps.
FWIW, I'm having pretty good luck using thunderbird - you can make a
custom entry into the filter for "newgroups", and then just discard the
ones with the flame NGs and almost all the screaming nonsense goes away.
Suck it up and get out a credit card. Agent works like a Timex -
Takes a Lickin' and Keeps On Tickin'.
The same people who complained that they weren't going to buy Agent
1.0 because they wouldn't be around long to support it, and it would
never get updated and upgraded...
Are the same people still bitching about "the Cost!!" trying to save
the $30 for a full copy, or $5 -10 - 15 for an upgrade. Gawdddd. >_<
They "break" Usenet with new features like encryptions and newer
formats and compressions, Agent has an upgrade out before it goes
live. Same thing with the changes they've made in Binaries. You have
a Support problem, they're right there.
I've been almost completely happy with Free Agent, then Agent, since
version 0.96 over a decade ago. The only missing piece of tech I'd
like is to be able to kill by person. If a troll's name was in the
text of a message (or quoted by some idiot) I'd like to kill it before
download. They still don't do text searches. DRAT!
Other than that, Agent is perfect.
Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself.
-- Thomas Jefferson
This is going to take a bit of getting used to.
It's sure not Mozilla (at least for the user interface)
It seems more primative, but that's ok.
Now, how to set up kill files???
Make the effort worth the effort...
No Free Agent anymore, their website explains why. Cost for the full
version is relatively trivial, works out to about $3-4/year for me.
If filters are what you want, it delivers. If you're a regular
expression guy, this is the tool for you. And you can try before you
buy. A lot of free software is worth what you pay for it. I use my
copy of Agent to do both usenet and email. Kills the junk, sorts
incoming into the proper folders. Mailing lists are still out there
and I'm on a few, this makes it easy to keep up.
I don't think there has ever been a version 11.1, I'm current at version 6 and
"Additionally as a security officer, I carry a gun to protect
government officials but my life isn't worth protecting at home
in their eyes." Dick Anthony Heller
It would go a lot like this story....
Do you know the secret handshake?
Johnstown, PA (GlossyNews) - Local and state police scoured the hills
outside rural Johnstown, Pennsylvania, after reports of three animal
rights activists going missing after attempting to protest the wearing
of leather at a large motorcycle gang rally this weekend. Two others,
previously reported missing, were discovered by fast food workers "duct
taped inside fast food restaurant dumpsters," according
to police officials.
"Something just went wrong, "said a still visibly shaken organizer of
the protest. "Something just went horribly, horribly, wrong."The
organizer said a group of concerned animal rights activist groups,
"growing tired of throwing fake blood and shouting profanities at older
women wearing leather or fur coats," decided to protest the annual
motorcycle club event "in a hope to show them our outrage at their
wanting to use leather in their clothing and motor bike seats." "In
fact," said the organizer, "motorcycle gangs are one of the biggest
abusers of wearing leather, and we decided it was high time that we let
them know that we disagree with them using it. ergo, they should stop."
According to witnesses, protesters arrived at the event in a vintage
1960's era Volkswagen van and began to pelt the gang members with
balloons filled with red colored water, simulating blood, and shouting
"you're murderers" to passersby. This, evidently, is when the brouhaha
"They peed on me!!!" charged one activist. "They grabbed me, said I
looked like I was French, started calling me 'La Trene', and duct taped
me to a tree so they could pee on me all day!"
Still others claimed they were forced to eat hamburgers and hot dogs
under duress. Those who resisted were allegedly held down while several
bikers "farted on their heads."
Police officials declined comments on any leads or arrests due to the
ongoing nature of the investigation; however, organizers for the
motorcycle club rally expressed "surprise" at the allegations.
"That's preposterous, "said one high-ranking member of the biker
organizing committee. "We were having a party, and these people showed
up and were very rude to us. They threw things at us, called us names,
and tried to ruin the entire event. So, what did we do? We invited them
to the party! What could be friendlier than that? You know, just because
we are all members of motorcycle clubs does not mean we do not care
about inclusiveness. Personally, I think it shows a lack of character
for them to be saying such nasty things about us after we
bent over backwards to make them feel welcome."
When confronted with the allegations of force-feeding the activists
meat, using them as ad hoc latrines, leaving them incapacitated in fast
food restaurant dumpsters, and 'farting on their heads,' the organizer
declined to comment in detail. "That's just our secret handshake,"
assured the organizer.