[conspire] Re: Newsreaders

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Oct 11 18:04:43 PDT 2004

I wrote:

> news://linuxmafia.com:/cabal.conspire

As Daniel was good enough to point out, although newsreader programs
seem to pretty reliably process that URL correctly to reach
cabal.conspire, the URL is technically incorrect.  Should be:


The difference is that "news://" URLs are used to identify a newsgroup
article (posting) generically without naming a particular server to read
it on.  In the case of news articles on Usenet, this is usually what you
_want_ to specify, because each person looking up the article is going
to need to do so on his own local news server, not yours.  (Because of 
spammers and high traffic levels, public access Usenet spools have
pretty much vanished.)

By contrast, "nntp://" URLs declare which particular _news server_ to connect
to, for the named newsgroup (and optionally, I think, the specified article).
Which is in _this_ case more appropriate.

I've corrected the Web pages, accordingly.  Thanks, Daniel.

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