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Old 10-24-13, 10:29 AM
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I subscribe to Easynews (and have for years). A LONG time ago, I used to use Agent to download headers and post in certain newsgroups. For the last 8 years however, I basically use Easynews' global search to look for what I want.

So... I want to post a message on a newsgroup, but can't figure out how to do it without specific software. Anyone know how to post to Usenet without using something like Agent?
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Old 10-24-13, 01:49 PM
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You could try google groups, which is basically a front end for (some of) usenet.
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Old 10-24-13, 02:02 PM
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You want a free Usenet client. Check out a site like this:

http://usenetreviewz.com/free-usenet/usenet-clients/
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Re: Posting to Usenet question

Do ISPs still support Usenet? I haven't used it in a decade.
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Most had pretty good support for usenet until a few years ago when Andrew Cuomo branded it a haven for child porn and went on a crusade. He strong armed ISPs to such a degree that 90% eventually dropped Usenet support entirely.
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Re: Posting to Usenet question

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Do ISPs still support Usenet? I haven't used it in a decade.
Earthlink still had it as of a few years ago.
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Old 10-25-13, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by wmansir View Post
Most had pretty good support for usenet until a few years ago when Andrew Cuomo branded it a haven for child porn and went on a crusade. He strong armed ISPs to such a degree that 90% eventually dropped Usenet support entirely.
really? didn't know that.
I haven't used it in 15-20 years.
why would it be a haven for child porn?
what makes it different from posting on a website?
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Old 10-25-13, 07:30 PM
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Re: Posting to Usenet question

Usenet is a bit of a wild west when it comes to content because the system allows people to easily post anonymously. Usenet is very much like a massive distributed email archive so all a poster needs is to send their posts via an open or anonymous proxy and it makes it very difficult to trace. Usenet servers also do not generally keep detailed records about those who download either, so it is seen as safer than websites which generally keep such records.

The distributed nature of usenet also make it hard to moderate. While moderated groups can filter every new post to that particular group the vast majority are unmoderated, and once a post is on one usenet server it is shared to each individual service. With no mechanism to mass delete posts it is up to each service provider to remove objectionable content. Websites are easier to control because they are centralized under one server/owner.

That said, child porn is a very small % of the total content of usenet. I also think it is not a major player in the overall child porn internet traffic scene, but law enforcement seems to believe otherwise. It can be a very pubic way of sharing files, which is probably why it attracts law enforcement attention. Unfortunately, I suspect most perverts aren't so obvious.

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Re: Posting to Usenet question

Usenet was more or less dead by the time Cuomo raised a fit about it, so that was sort of puzzling.

I suspect that usenet makes law enforcement nervous because of its anonymous, unregulated nature even if it is popular and unknown to most people.

I also remember, anytime some new outlet was doing a piece on internet pornography, they would flash a list of usenet groups on the screen, like alt.porn.bestiality; alt.porn.bestiality.cats; alt.porn.bestiality.dogs; alt.porn.bestiality.gerbils... etc.
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Old 11-01-13, 04:39 PM
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Re: Posting to Usenet question

Originally Posted by PhantomStranger View Post
You want a free Usenet client. Check out a site like this:

http://usenetreviewz.com/free-usenet/usenet-clients/
That did it! Thanks!
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