[TUHS] Old Usenet newsreader source code?

Daniel Camolês bigatojj at gmail.com
Wed May 9 06:54:20 AEST 2018

Em ter, 8 de mai de 2018 16:26, Ron Natalie <ron at ronnatalie.com> escreveu:

>   I know what killed it, the lack of any real moderation (the moderation
> system was really the honor system).

I got in quite late in the game, in 2001, but as of today I still remember
it as the best way to discuss over the internet that I have experienced. I
agree on the lack of moderation being the weakness that made the noise
surpass the signal. All the web forum software that surfaced on the 00's
and beyond was mostly a response to that. If it weren't for this weakness,
people nowadays would probably be using web interfaces to nntp just like
they do to email, and we old farts could still be happily using our
preferred news clients.

So while I applaud the ones who are trying to keep the system alive, this
weakness (and maybe others), if not addressed, will pose a natural limit to
Usenet growth and quality. If we start putting servers up and manage to
attract good contributors back, the spam will follow and then the noise
will drive them away again.

But yet, we are at such a point where bandwidth and storage is so cheap
that reviving Usenet could be accomplished by a bunch of hobbists spending
little money. If at least we could solve the moderation weakness. Does
someone have any idea if there were any attempts at cracking this problem
that were open source and effective?
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