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Chapter 24. Passing Notes in Newsgroups > Reading and Responding to Posted Mess... - Pg. 227

Passing Notes in Newsgroups 227 Whoa! Before you post a message in a newsgroup, get a feel for its culture and history as if you were visiting a foreign country. See if the newsgroup has a FAQ (frequently asked questions list) to determine if the question you wish to ask or the issue that you want to address has already been addressed. And don't pick a fight unless, of course, that's what the newsgroup is all about. Replying Publicly and Privately When you read a message that inspires you to write a reply, you have two choices: You can reply to the group by posting your reply in the newsgroup or reply to the individual through e-mail. Some people request that you reply through e-mail for privacy or just because they're too lazy to check for replies in the newsgroup itself. In Outlook Express, you can reply to the group by clicking the Reply to Group button. This displays a window that addresses the message to the current newsgroup and to any other newsgroups in which the original message was posted. It also quotes the contents of the original message. (If the original message was long, you should delete some of the quoted material.) Type your reply and click the Post Message button. Notable Note Most newsreaders enable you to attach files to your messages. Although most messages consist of simple text, people post graphics in some newsgroups, such as hk.binaries.portrait. photography. (For details on how to work with file attachments, refer to Chapter 23, "E-Mail: Postage Free, Same Day Delivery.") To reply privately, click the Reply to Author button. This starts your e-mail program, which displays a message window addressed to the person who posted the original message. Type your reply and click the Send button as you normally would do to send an e-mail message. The reply is sent directly to the author and is not posted in the newsgroup.