On Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:02:12 -0500, Robert Heller wrote:
Seems a shame. Even though a lot of ISPs don't carry newsgroups any
more,the rec.woodworking group still shows 25-100 posts a day. Of
course, when it gets to 100 or more, they're mostly talking politics :-).
My ISP (Bell Canada) was one of the first to shut down its UseNet
server. So I went to an independent, Newshosting. $10/month, I think
there's a limit on downloads, but I've never reached. There are free
UseNet services, too, but in my experience they're flaky.
In another group, someone said that some ISP's block or throttle NNTP
(UseNet) traffic, which IMO is illegal.
Have a good day,
I'm still subscribed, because occasionally somebody posts something
useful, often a question for the more experienced modellers.
But most of my on-line model railway activity is through specialist
email groups on Yahoo like the 7mm (O-Scale), GWR, early rail (mostly
American) and small layout design groups.
I prefer Usenet and email because otherwise you have to log onto lots
of diggerent individual web forums which is much less convenient.
Disused? No. A backwater? Well, perhaps. But look on the bright side
- at least this NG has not become a haven for 'tinned luncheon meat',
unlike so many newsgroups.
There are still a few fairly busy traditional NGs, although not many new
faces these days. Those that do appear seem to stumble upon Usenet via
Google Groups, without really realising where they are.
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