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Is there a time limit for replies?

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I tried to post some follow-ups to some issues I posted in the hopes
of helping others, but I only get "reply to author" and "forward", but
no "reply" option (using GoogleGroups). Is there some kind of time
limit to reply?

Thanks,
- Rafe
Oct 31 '08 #1
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Rafe wrote:
I tried to post some follow-ups to some issues I posted in the hopes
of helping others, but I only get "reply to author" and "forward", but
no "reply" option (using GoogleGroups). Is there some kind of time
limit to reply?
Two things:
1. Google Groups is by far not the best interface to the Usenet. Using a
dedicated newsserver and a real newsclient would be much much better.

2. This newsgroup is actually a mailinglist with a mail-to-news gateway
connecting it to the Usenet. Anything can happen with a mediocre newsclient
like GG and possibly wacky setups of mailclient and the gateway.

If you are interested in this group/mailinglist, get at least a real
newsclient or simply subscribe to the mailinglist itself.

cheers

Uli

--
Sator Laser GmbH
Geschäftsführer: Thorsten Föcking, Amtsgericht Hamburg HR B62 932

Oct 31 '08 #2

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On Oct 31, 5:21*pm, Ulrich Eckhardt <eckha...@satorlaser.comwrote:
Rafe wrote:
I tried to post some follow-ups to some issues I posted in the hopes
of helping others, but I only get "reply to author" and "forward", but
no "reply" option (using GoogleGroups). Is there some kind of time
limit to reply?

Two things:
1. Google Groups is by far not the best interface to the Usenet. Using a
dedicated newsserver and a real newsclient would be much much better.

2. This newsgroup is actually a mailinglist with a mail-to-news gateway
connecting it to the Usenet. Anything can happen with a mediocre newsclient
like GG and possibly wacky setups of mailclient and the gateway.

If you are interested in this group/mailinglist, get at least a real
newsclient or simply subscribe to the mailinglist itself.

cheers

Uli

--
Sator Laser GmbH
Geschftsfhrer: Thorsten Fcking, Amtsgericht Hamburg HR B62 932
Can you recommend anything? I would like to avoid 1,000s of emails
flooding my account though. It also has to work from behind a strict
corporate firewall.

Thanks,

- Rafe
Oct 31 '08 #3

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On 31 Okt, 10:38, Rafe <rafesa...@gmail.comwrote:
I tried to post some follow-ups to some issues I posted in the hopes
of helping others, but I only get "reply to author" and "forward", but
no "reply" option (using GoogleGroups). Is there some kind of time
limit to reply?
Probably not for any of the newsgroups or mailing lists accessed via
Google Groups. The behaviour you're seeing could be temporary - Google
Groups isn't always particularly reliable - or it might be the case
that the sender is one of those people who has requested that their
messages not be archived, perhaps interpreted by Google Groups in the
way you describe, but I'm just speculating at this point.

Paul
Oct 31 '08 #4

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Rafe wrote:
Can you recommend anything? I would like to avoid 1,000s of emails
flooding my account though.
I like knode from KDE for browsing the Usenet. The Mozilla suite also
contains a newsreader. Other than that, use a webmail account and configure
a filter to file everything Pythonic into a separate folder.
It also has to work from behind a strict
corporate firewall.
When a firewall prevents work from being done, then there is a simple
technical solution. In any case, you might want to ask your sysadmin
whether the company or their ISP has a newsserver which you could use.

Uli

--
Sator Laser GmbH
Geschäftsführer: Thorsten Föcking, Amtsgericht Hamburg HR B62 932

Oct 31 '08 #5

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Paul Boddie <pa**@boddie.org.ukwrote:
On 31 Okt, 10:38, Rafe <rafesa...@gmail.comwrote:
>I tried to post some follow-ups to some issues I posted in the hopes
of helping others, but I only get "reply to author" and "forward", but
no "reply" option (using GoogleGroups). Is there some kind of time
limit to reply?

Probably not for any of the newsgroups or mailing lists accessed via
Google Groups. The behaviour you're seeing could be temporary - Google
Groups isn't always particularly reliable - or it might be the case
that the sender is one of those people who has requested that their
messages not be archived, perhaps interpreted by Google Groups in the
way you describe, but I'm just speculating at this point.
No, I believe Google Groups does impose a limit on replying. Usenet
doesn't, but if the original message is so old that it has expired from
most news servers then there's no benefit in replying over just posting a
new message that says 'There was a thread x years ago where <someonein
message <insert message id or link to google's archive heresaid ...'
Then you'd better give plenty of context because nobody is going to
remember the original message anyway.

If you use the same subject line as the original then (unless google groups
changed when I wasn't looking) Google will thread it together with the
original messages: Google doesn't understand real threads. Real newsreaders
won't thread it, but since they won't have the original anyway you haven't
lost anything.

--
Duncan Booth http://kupuguy.blogspot.com
Oct 31 '08 #6

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Ulrich Eckhardt wrote:
Rafe wrote:
>Can you recommend anything? I would like to avoid 1,000s of emails
flooding my account though.

I like knode from KDE for browsing the Usenet. The Mozilla suite also
contains a newsreader. Other than that, use a webmail account and configure
a filter to file everything Pythonic into a separate folder.
>It also has to work from behind a strict
corporate firewall.

When a firewall prevents work from being done, then there is a simple
technical solution. In any case, you might want to ask your sysadmin
whether the company or their ISP has a newsserver which you could use.
This list is available from free news.gmane.org as group
gmane.comp.python.general. Works well enough.

Nov 1 '08 #7

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