There's a new way to keep up
with the mailing lists at backcountry.net! A gateway feature
has been added that mirrors all posts into local newsgroups that can be
accessed anywhere. This will allow users to read the all the
posts without having an overflowing mailbox every day. If you've
used Usenet before, this will seem very familar. Here's the
information to get started:
We're also carrying a few of publichiking/outdoor
related Usenet newsgroups (feel free to recommend
any others). Here is the master list of all the newsgroups on the
server, complete with hyperlinks:
If you're never used Usenet,
here are couple tips:
NNTP Server: news.backcountry.net
No username or password
No posting is permitted
- the gateway is one way only, to prevent spam.
No distribution of posts
outside backcountry.net - the posts are only available on this server and
do not get out to the public Usenet.
The server is completely
open for reading, so you can check the newsgroups from a library, at work
or at a friends computer.
Posts to the lists still
need to come through email, to email@example.com, etc.
Unfortunately, AOL users are
redirected to an AOL newserver- so this doesn't work for AOLer's. If you are
on AOL and have a workaround, please let me know. I'm not sure if a third
party newsreader will bypass this redirection, but it may be worth a try.
The newsgroup posts
are kept on my server, and your newsreader only pulls them down when you
Mozilla Thunderbird and Microsoft
Outlook both understand the news hyperlinks above. Just click
on them, and your newsreader window should open.
You "subscribe" to a newsgroup
to keep track of posts. Often this can be done my right clicking
(or click-hold on a Mac) on the newsgroup in the newsreader window.
You don't delete messages from
newsgroups, you just mark them read, and then the next time you enter the
newsgroup they'll be grayed out or invisible to you (option in your
Tip: Set your
to NOMAIL, and only use your mailman.backcountry.net account for posting