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Subject: Re: comments?
From: "Jim Trigg / Blaise de Cormeilles" <blaise @ scadian . net>
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 17:13:15 -0400
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On 24 Aug 00, at 14:02, Bernie Cosell wrote:

> On 24 Aug 00, at 9:10, Anthony J. Albert wrote:
> > Newsgroups are superior, in some aspects, to mailing lists, for
> > discussion purposes.  But out of the two dozen or so mailing lists
> > that I'm on, the first dozen are announcement only, and only about
> > six of the rest, I'd judge, would be suitable for conversion to
> > newsgroups.
> > 
> > My biggest argument against newsgroups for every discussion is the
> > waste of it.  Every newsgroup that is carried on an international
> > basis must be carried on every news server that is hosting these
> > groups.
> Not true.  Anyone can run a news server.  Microsoft has a whole pile
> of 'private' newsgroups.  The Zone-Labs folk provide tech
> discussion/support via privately run newsgroups... That's why I
> distinguished 'usenet' from 'newsgroups'.  You don't need to propagate
> a newsgroup anywhere or if you do, you can arrange [with the other
> sysops] exactly where a particular newsgroup will/can propagate.
> Also means you don't have to worry about the 'rules' for usenet --- if
> you're running a private newsgroup, you can just create it, no need
> for fancy-charters on news.announce or debates on alt.config or the
> like...  You can also restrict who has access to the newsgroups, who
> has posting permission, etc...

That's true, but what mailing lists can do that newsgroups cannot is 
restrict access/posting permission on a *list by list* basis.  AFAIK, 
all available news server software is on an all-or-nothing basis.

Jim Trigg

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