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newsgroups for those with newsgroup
experience. We encourage all visitors to read the
following introduction because important, time-saving
resources are provided below.
alt. - discussions on almost any
topic you can imagine
It's easy to determine the focus of most newsgroups by reading the title. For example rec.photo.equipment.35mm is pretty obvious. If the word binaries appears in a newsgroup title, it means distribution of free image or sound files is the purpose of that newsgroup. More often than not, binaries can mean pornography, not landscapes.
Public News Servers
News servers rarely carry all newsgroups. Some public
servers may allow you to read newsgroups but not post to
them. Here are some frequently updated lists:
When a public news server requires you to logon or requests user name and password authentication, this means the server has been closed to public access. You'll need to find another server.
The first time you connect to a news server, you'll need to download the entire list of newsgroups available from that server. This can take several minutes. Then you go through the list, and subscribe to the newsgroups you are interested in.
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Consider the Source
Most participants are sincerely trying to be helpful when responding to questions asked by others. It is best to get concurring opinions from several contributors before reaching a conclusion. This is especially true for prospective buyers seeking recommendations for cameras, photo equipment, or digital imaging hardware. Someone with a glowing report about a particular product can be a genuinely satisfied buyer. The flip side? A writer full of product praise may be a manufacturer's rep trying to increase sales.
Someone who slams a particular brand or product may have had a terrible experience. On the other hand, perhaps they work for the competition. Get several opinions before making a decision.
Guidelines for Participation
Here are some Netiquette guidelines:
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