NNTP instead of mail
cblackburn36 at softhome.net
Tue Mar 8 10:27:39 CST 2005
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I know that this one has probably been covered countless times before
and has been shot down but I am new to the list and have not seen this
discussion before so please hold back your flame ;)
I understand the trouble of unreliable mail servers, I have been
afflicted with this problem myself recently, so why not look at a
technology that was specifically designed to fill this job.
We could set up a private news server using INN. This way we could even
divide the chat up into appropriate groups i.e. ccmp.offtopic,
ccmp.dec.pdp8 etc etc so that people who are just interested in a niche
collection don't have to bother with all the talk of other classic
computers. However people also still have the option of reading
everything on the list
I also understand that one of the main attractions to this list is that
it is subscription based which I guess keeps a lot of the spam from
reaching it. However NNTP does support authentication. We could have a
web interface similar to the one that we have at the moment that allows
read-only access to the groups so that other people can search them.
But we also could limit posting only to people with logons.
From what I have read I also see that people like the mailing list
approach because it allows them to connect to the internet for a short
amount of time and collect all of their email and read it later. I know
of many NNTP readers that allow offline viewing via synchronization.
This means that people who move about a lot can view over the web if
they want but it also keeps the people who use their ASR33's happy
because NNTP is a clean protocol. (By clean I mean that it has not been
infected with HTML).
just my $0.02
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