Hi all, I've tried to post three times today but each time when I press
"preview" the post disappears and I get the "your post will appear
shortly" screen - but it doesn't. Any ideas as to what might be wrong?
Apologies in advance if some half finished replies turn up I will try
to delete them if that happens. Of course this plea might just face the
Lots of your problems probably arise simply because you are reading and
writing news by means of a web browser rather than a mail client. Don't
expect newsgroups to act like online discussion groups or chat rooms.
They predate the web and conventions for using them arose in the days
when online time was much more expensive than nowadays and data transfer
rates were much slower. Therefore most people spent as little time on
line as possible and downloaded the news items at the same time that
they collected email and read them off-line (just as most people still
do with mail).
All mail clients, including the widely despised Micro$oft Outlook, can
be expected to have a news client (news collection & posting) facility.
You might find either
While more than you will probably want to know about the UK newsgroups
can be found at
Thanks for the pointer I will read up on how these things work. All the
post turned up eventually so at the moment I'm pointing my finger at
BT. Still if I can gain a better understanding then I can see which way
I should be doing things (some hope!).
Hope the Cheltenham area is looking after you OK, used to live in
Winstone until I got deported to South Wales with my job. Thanks again
for the help.
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