Message from discussion New google groups, how do I crosspost?
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From: Doug Freyburger <dfrey...@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: New google groups, how do I crosspost?
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2012 16:33:18 +0000 (UTC)
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Robert Miles wrote:
> Ivan The Not-So-Bad wrote:
>> Don't you feel like you miss out on a lot of posts if you squelch all
>> crossposted messages? You can stand on principle on that, of course. But I feel
>> like you would miss out on a lot of [possibly?] useful posts.
> I miss out on a lot of probably-not-worthwhile posts if I squelch some
> crossposting (anything crossposted to two particular newsgroups, because
> rarely anything crossposted between those two is worth reading). I'd
> prefer to be able to squelch anything crossposted to five or more
> newsgroups, because those are rarely worth reading either, but my
> newsreader cannot do that. However, some of the newsgroups I subscribe
> to have a few other related newsgroups to which crossposting is often
> reasonable, so I have no desire to squelch everything that is
> crossposted at all.
I currently drop all to 4+ groups everywhere, then drop all cross posts
to any number on a few high noise groups. If the group count worked
every time (not willing to debug the issue as it is not frequent) I
might switch to 3+.
My observation is that each additional group posted to far more than
doubles the chance it's noise. Messages posted to 2 groups are very
often on topic for both, say a general cooking and a BBQ specific group.
Much less often for messages posted to 3, say a general diet, low carb
diet and diabetes support group. I can hardly remember messages posted
to 4 groups ever being on topic whcih is why I took up dropping them.
My NSP drops I think either 5+ or 6+, a very common setting.
One feature I like about my current reader XPN is it asks for
confirmation if I ever try to post to more than one group just in case I
didn't notice I was cross posting. Not a sufficient reason to pick XPN
as a reader but it's a little thing that recudes my motivation to switch
to one that's better in other ways.