snipped-for-privacy@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (F.James Cripwell),in
and entertained us with
You most certainly can subscribe and unsubscribe from a group, it is
an oft used method to unblock news group posts.
Carol you did know that google groups had a humongous problem last
week, involving most groups? It just seemed to burp uncontrollably.
Have you tried resetting RCTN?
Highlight the newsgroup name in the list and right click.
Choose Properties..... Local File..... Reset..... Yes. (All the posts will
Exit the newsgroup then return.
The most recent posts should download. If you want to go back farther click
Tools.... Get Next # Headers.
If this doesn't work there's probably a problem with Roadrunner's news
server and you should give tech support a call (which may or may not help
depending on if you get someone who knows what Usenet is).
lucretia borgia ( firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
Maybe we are talking semantics. I never subscribed to RCTN. We get
adverts from all sorts of outsiders who I am reasonably sure have not
subscribed. There may be some ISPs who have software that demands that
you "subscribe" to RCTN. But if so, it is the software of the ISP, not
No, it's the newsreader software. For those who read
news using a newsreader, the method by which the software
knows which newsgroups to display is by checking which newsgroups
you've subscribed to. If, in fact, it's your newsreader that
is somehow hosed, unsubscribing and resubscribing to the newsgroup
not infrequently clears up the problem by clearing out some
newsreader setting that might be creating the problem. There
may be newsreaders that don't use that terminology, but most of
Absolutely, it is the method by which one reads and posts to usenet,
specifically in this case RCTN.
When you use software such as a mail program to participate in a newsgroup,
the program will pull up whatever newsgroups your ISP sees, and then asks
you to subscibe to those you're interested int. Outlook, Entourage, etc all
refer to your newsgroups as those you're "subscribed" to.
So, I guess the rest of us knew what the issue was, and you evidently do
this through google or something similar and didn't. It's the standard
term, subscribing. Else when you opened your mail window, and looked down
at News there would be thousands of groups and it would take forever. This
way, the groups to which you're subscribed look like just another mailbox
So, it's not really the ISP - which would allow you access via the web, but
rather how you choose to get to the group in conjunction with what news
sources your ISP is hooked into.