4 May 2017

Avoiding HTML when posting to newsgroups

HTML-formatted postings are not welcome in newsgroups. While your software may interpret HTML correctly, many news-reading clients have only minimal ability to display HTML correctly. In addition, HTML postings often include your message twice: a plain text version is followed immediately by a version including HTML tags. This extra version of your message more than doubles the total length of the posting, and adds unnecessary download time for other newsgroup readers. Between the inability of other users’ software to interpret your posting correctly and the longer postings costing additional money to download (much of the world uses dial-up connections, but does not have free local calling), you’re likely to receive complaints if you post in HTML.

If you post with vCards, you will likely also get requests to stop doing so. For those using other newsreaders, vCards just look like a long signature, which newsgroup readers commonly find annoying.

1 May 2017

Help in your language

This article is based on material authored by members of the news.newusers.questions Moderation Board and nnq-workers mailing list.

Help in your language

The helpers in news.newusers.questions know a lot of answers but don’t always speak the same languages as the people who need help. In many cases, the best help for technical problems will come from a newsgroup which speaks your own language.

These newsgroups are good starting points for new users who are not very familiar with English:

Computer related topics (for Swiss readers)
Discusion general sobre Internet en Chile
Postings by new users (Chinese)
Hilfe zum Usenet (moderated)
Preguntas generales sobre las news (Spanish)
Les premiËres questions sur Usenet (French)
Usenet users, new user question/discussion (Korean)
Domande e risposte sul servizio news (Italian)
Startpunt voor beginners op internet (Dutch/Netherlands; moderated)
Newsprogramvare og news generelt (Norwegian)
Discussao sobre as Usenet news em Portugal (Portugese)
Tekniska och administrativa frÂgor kring news (Swedish)
Help for newcomers (Taiwanese)

In addition to the above, the users in one of the related soc.culture.* newsgroups might be able to point you to other newusers groups which are available in your language.