Re: Newsgroup??

Michael Sattler (
Mon, 22 Jan 1996 23:49:08 -0800

At 08:50 1/22/96, Sgt Daniel W. Erskine wrote:
>On Fri, 19 Jan 1996 wrote:
>> Any thoughts on starting a newsgroup for Cuseeme?...
>I like this idea!!! Problem is, who's going to host this newsgroup?

Nobody hosts newsgroups. One that goes through the posting process is
broadcast all across USENET.

>will this newsgroup supplement or replace the current listserver?

The two can be "gated", so that one mirrors the other.

>Keep in mind disk space requirements! A listserver works basically like
>a reflector, forwarding a copy of a single user message to an entire group.

Err, no. A list server makes a copy of a message for each subscriber to
the list. A newsgroup makes one copy for each Internet service provider.

>...And then there's the subject of message aging. How often
>or how old does a message need to be posted before you purge it, to make
>room for more new postings???

Like each of the other 12,000+ USENET newsgroups, message aging is a
site-specific bit of magic that takes into account the disk space allocated
to the news feed and the activity on each group.

A while back I created and posted a proposal for CU-Seeme newsgroups. A
few folks voted, far less than the required number. Turn-out was pathetic.
If there is renewed interest I can probably dig the Call for Votes out of
the UVV archives.

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