Advantage of

Jim Byrnes jf_byrnes at
Thu Sep 8 14:09:57 UTC 2011

On 09/07/2011 09:51 PM, NoOp wrote:
> On 09/07/2011 05:34 PM, Jim Byrnes wrote:
>> NoOp,
>> In another thread you said:
>> <qoute>
>> However I also post/browse via and my email address is not
>> mangled (see my headers on this message). So I'm wondering why as the
>> server doesn't have 'Encode/encrypt' set.
>> Are you posting via the web interface or nntp?
>> </quote>
>> What is the advantage of using rather than
>> I dislike web mail so I doubt I would be using the web interface.
> ...
> The primary reasons are:
> 1. I do not have to fill my email inboxes with email from this list and
> the many others that I subscribe to. I read&  respond to around 10 lists
> on average each day. Many of those are very high traffic lists. Were I
> to communicate with each one via email rather than an nntp client/server
> my poor email inbox/outbox would be saturated.

I don't have that much volume, but good point.

> 2. I can browse any of the other 50 or so lists that I have subscribed
> on at will. Meaning I can simply connect to the list, browse
> the list, and only click on subjects that may be of interest to me. If
> I've not yet posted to that list via, I simply reply to a post
> & with send me an authentication response email, I reply with
> a valid email address, and once verified will send my reply
> post to the list. From then on out I'm officially subscribed to the list
> and can post at will.
> You might want to give it a try. Load up your Thunderbird, add a new
> nntp account (I use SeaMonkey but Thunderbird is similar: Edit|Account
> Settings|Account actions etc. The newsserver is and then
> subscribe to this list: gmane.linux.ubuntu.user
> Note: when you first subscribe this list has over 247 thousand posts&
> and you'll be given an option to download all (they are only headers) or
> 500. I recommend downloading all (it will take awhile) and then you can
> read posts back to 2004 (threaded no less).
> If you need help setting that up, google it first (or check the archives
> here - easy via subject search on nnt) and then come back if you still
> need help&  I'll be more than happy to detail the steps.
> Gary

Gary and the others that replied, thanks for the info.  I actually have 
a couple of gmane subscriptions but only to some OS/2 usenet groups I 
still read.  I had never done it for email lists and was wondering how 
it worked.

One final question. Do attachments come through?

Some mailers like to put on those annoying Part 1.2 attachments and 
Thunderbird puts them at the bottom of the message which means I must 
move the cursor to scroll the message if the previous or subsequent 
messages are different.

Regards,  Jim

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