Op Mon, 23 Jun 2008 19:50:57 +0200 schreef Jyoti Sharma
How do I know that I can post in my newsgroup?
You just did post in this newsgroup, so I'm quite sure what you need to
Do I need to configure this somewhere in my newreader?
How is it different from a normal e-mail?
If you send a message to a newsgroup, the messages gets send to the same
news server from which you retrieve the existing newsgroups posting. For a
normal mail account, you always need an incoming server (using the POP
protocol) and an outgoing server (using the SMTP protocol). For a
newsgroup account, all you really need is a news server, though including
an SMTP server makes it possible to send messages directly to the poster
instead of replying to the newsgroups.
What is "Followup" precisely?
"Followup" to a newsgroup means posting a reply to the newsgroup, where
everyone subscribed to the newsgroup can read it. This as opposed to
sending a reply to the mail address of the original poster. Most people
nowadays make some efforts to hide their mail address, so replying the
poster is often not even possible.
In the Opera Mail user interface, the same interface is used for mail and
newsgroups, so clicking the 'reply' button when reading a newsgroup
message will start a compose window to create a followup posting to the
newsgroup. Use 'Reply all' to also send the message to the mail address of
the original poster. But as I said, the latter is not really a good idea
It is possible to enter multiple newsgroups names in the 'newsgroups'
field of a compose window. You do that if you want to 'crosspost', usually
because you don't know which group is the right one, less charitably if
you think your messages is so important it should be seen everywhere. In
such cases it is polite to set exactly one newsgroup in the 'followup'
field. All followups to your posting will then automatically go to the
chosen newsgroup, which will prevent fragmenting a discussion thread.
I am using Opera 9.5.
Rijk van Geijtenbeek
Opera Software ASA, Documentation & QA
"The most common way to get usability wrong is to listen to what users
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