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Plugin Release: NewsGator NNTP Plugin v0.4

January 29, 2004 01:33 by matthaw
Version 0.4 of the NewsGator NNTP Plugin to allow posting to newsgroups has been released. This version includes even more tight integration with NewsGator, eliminating the need of ever configuring your authentication credentials in multiple places. An option has also been added to the configuration section, that will allow you to be prompted each time you post to a newsgroup, even if you're responding to a post. I have also added the ability to post to multiple newsgroups, and increased the error handling to be more descriptive and useful. Lastly, I've fixed a bug that displayed the headers as part of the body when viewed in Outlook Express.

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January 29. 2004 02:20

'If Outlook was running, please shut it down.' should be 'If Outlook IS running, please shut it down.' in my humble opinion.

Tim Hitchings

January 29. 2004 02:40

Slight oversight, thanks for catching that.

Matt Hawley

January 29. 2004 02:49

Thanks for the multi select on the newsgroups.  Of courxe if you were to only display the groups from the server that you are posting or replying to it would be even nicer.  Not a lot of fun walking thru a 100 item to check off a few.<g>

Tim Hitchings

January 29. 2004 03:42

What if...



You have 2 options -



1) Display the server/newsgroup as is currently.

2) Display the newsgroup selection based on a drop down list for servers, that controls the newsgroups that are displayed.  The newsgroups will then be selectable as to post to which.



I would set it up so this would be a configuration option to switch between the 2.  However, the 2nd option will still pull the newsgroups from your NewsGator subscriptions.



Now thinking of that, maybe a 3rd option could be to type in the server yourself and then have all the newsgroups be populated based on that.  How does this sound?

Matt Hawley

January 29. 2004 06:17

This might be a silly question, put a made a couple of posts with 0.3 and I noted that there is no "quoting" of the replied-to-text.  I.e. there is no quote character such as ">" or "|".



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January 29. 2004 07:46

This is really how the text is displayed in Outlook when editing the reply, it has nothing to do with the plugin.

Matt Hawley

January 29. 2004 20:57

Currently it displays all servers and all newsgroups.  I cant' think of a reason ever to need to see multiple servers at the same time.  I believe that default should be to check the current newsgroup that you are replying to and to display the rest of the newsgroups for that server only.

Tim Hitchings

January 29. 2004 22:18

GNKSA 2.0 is an invaluable guideline as to how newsreaders should behave. It lists what behavior is required by which rfc's and addresses the many conventions that have also evolved. Along the way it explains why the must's & should's are important and how their application keeps Usenet a useful place.



Highly (HIGHLY!) recommended reading and strongly urged application.



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Michael Maggard

January 29. 2004 22:21

Ok, lets try that again *without* premature-return:



GNKSA 2.0 is an invaluable guideline as to how newsreaders should behave. It lists what behavior is required by which rfc's and addresses the many conventions that have also evolved. Along the way it explains why the must's & should's are important and how their application keeps Usenet a useful place.



Highly (HIGHLY!) recommended reading and strongly urged application.



BTW, most great plugin, highly appreciated, where's your Amazon wishlist?

Michael Maggard

January 29. 2004 22:30

Wishlist? I'm afraid I don't understand.  BTW - I'll look at the guide to see whats what in it.  Thanks for the link.

Matt Hawley

February 1. 2004 19:11

"Wishlist" - go on your favorite shopping site, pick out a bunch of nice moderately priced items you'd appreciate (usually music and books) save that list. Amazon.com is quite popular for this but any that will let you set up a public registry will do.



Then let folks know about your list. No obligation, but as folks have already paid good money for NewsGator 2.0 without being able to post to newgroups then it stands to reason your addition might be appreciated with a thank-you item sent your way.



Thus you possibly get some nice stuff to encourage you to continue developing your plug-in, and the rest of us get to use it and along the way thank you for your contribution.

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