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NNTP forum access ?

by petar_b / January 1, 2010 8:13 AM PST

Hi all,

I am failing to find a way to access forums.cnet.com via NNTP.

- Is NNTP protocol supported ?
- Is there something else I can do to get cnet on my outlook express (some converter, plugin, or so ??)

Thanks

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Re: NNTP forum access
by Kees Bakker / January 1, 2010 8:18 AM PST
In reply to: NNTP forum access ?

Interesting question.

From http://searchnetworking.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid7_gci212663,00.html (for those of the reader that - like me - didn't know what NNTP is):
NNTP (Network News Transfer Protocol) is the predominant protocol used by computer clients and servers for managing the notes posted on Usenet newsgroups. NNTP replaced the original Usenet protocol, UNIX-to-UNIX Copy Protocol (UUCP) some time ago. NNTP servers manage the global network of collected Usenet newsgroups and include the server at your Internet access provider. An NNTP client is included as part of a Netscape, Internet Explorer, Opera, or other Web browser or you may use a separate client program called a newsreader.

The rather simple answer, I think, is that this isn't a Usenet newsgroup. This is just a website. And websites are viewed in browsers, not in email or newsgroup clients.

Kees

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NNTP forum access
by petar_b / January 1, 2010 8:34 AM PST
In reply to: Re: NNTP forum access

(sorry if I reposted answer twice)

Kees,

For example, IBM or (ex) borland forums had web frontend as well as CNET, but they offer NNTP server to allow reading posts from news group clients (such as outlook express).

Having web interface is one of the ways of reading posts and does not exclude other interfaces or protocols.

I noticed that other people were asking about NNTP access but it was a while ago and I hoped that something might have changed since then.

I just wanted to verify that NNTP is not available.

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No NNTP service...
by John.Wilkinson / January 2, 2010 2:14 AM PST
In reply to: NNTP forum access

Some forums do offer NNTP access, but Cnet currently does not, nor are there immediate plans to create such an option. It largely comes down to a combination of demand and availability of advertisers (these forums are funded through ad revenue, unlike IBM's, which are funded by the products they support) looking for NNTP-based channels, both of which are minimal. I wouldn't completely rule it out in the future, but at this time it's not in the cards.

Regards,
John

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NNTP forum access ?
by petar_b / January 2, 2010 2:50 AM PST
In reply to: No NNTP service...

Yes, right. Thanks, I wanted to be sure that it's not available at this moment.

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