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Part IV: Communicating with Email and Ne... > Reading and Posting to Newsgroups

Hour 15. Reading and Posting to Newsgroups

Mailing lists are a great way to keep up with a subject, but not always an efficient way. Some mailing lists can post 20 or more new messages a day, and many of those are trivial. Sure, you want to keep up with the subject, but you don't want to be buried in email every day.

Newsgroups carry pretty much the same discussions that mailing lists do. In fact, many mailing lists and newsgroups that cover the same topic carry the very same conversation; they're hooked together so that all messages sent to either the mailing list or the newsgroup show up in both. But unlike mailing lists, newsgroups don't come to you—you go to them. Whenever you want to catch up on the news, you access the newsgroup through your newsgroup program (newsreader), scroll through the list of current messages, and read just the ones that interest you.


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