Dakota Mailing List Newsgroup


Posts to the Dakota Mailing List are mirrored in a private newsgroup. Likewise, any posts made to the newsgroup show up in the e-mail version of the list as well. Basically, the newsgroup provides an alternate method of reading and posting to the DML. The major benefit of a newsgroup is that you don't actually have to download all of the messages before you can read them; your news reader only downloads the subjects, and you decide which messages you want to download. People with a slow connection might appreciate this aspect. Also, reading via the newsgroup doesn't fill up your mailbox; the posts are stored on the news server, not in your mailbox. If you go away for a few days, you won't have to wade through a mailbox full of DML posts. :-) Another benefit is that news readers are generally better at "threading" messages by topic than e-mail clients. So, reading via the newsgroup can be a bit more organized.

Which method you use will really depend on your personal preference. Depending on the person, the e-mail or news client in use, etc. a case can be made for either about which is "better". As for myself, I use both. :-)

If you're interested in trying out the DML newsgroup, you'll need a news reader (such as tin, xnews, etc. Netscape and Outlook can also read from a news server.) (If you don't have one, you should be able to find several at www.tucows.com. In the preferences for whatever program you're using, you'll need to set your news server to "news.dakota-truck.net". You will also need a usercode and password. You should set the usercode to "dml", and the password should also be "dml".

If you have any questions or problems, feel free to get in touch.

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Jon N. Steiger / jon@dakota-truck.net