In comp.os.linux.misc, on Mon 27 March 2006 13:08, hackson.w
WTF are you on about?
Now comes the "canned" speech about what's wrong with GG posting. It's
offered as a learning tool, to help you get more, and better help,
upsetting old grouches, like me, in the process. Read it in that spirit.
If you detect a note of anger, or frustration, it's not with you, but
rather with GG, for their crappy implementation of their interface. ;-)
OK, let's start with the basics: Do you know what Usenet is? Do you know
what a News Group is? How about a news server? Click on this link for
Google unfortunately decided not to use the standards of quoting on
Usenet. A quick fix can be read on the following page:
If you want to get better help and learn more, please read on.
I sympathize with your problems, and am more than willing to help you
solve them. To do so you should follow the correct quoting principles
and good Netiquette explained in this FAQ available at;
While you are at it, read the whole document and the links provided in
it as well. Lots of good things there.
Due to the bad quoting habits and the amount of drivel coming from
postings done via Google Groups, numerous people have resorted in
kill filing (not reading or responding to) all postings done with
This means fewer knowledgeable people that are able, or willing, to help
you. Proper quoting, and good netiquette, will keep more from doing the
It's not your fault you got sucked into GG's bad habits. It will be your
fault, if you don't act to remedy the situation. Remember this: it's in
your best interest to keep these knowledgeable people happy, by
a few simple rules. If you don't, you will be the only loser.
To get the best possible result from your postings, it is better to use
newsreader or Usenet client. Linux has many dedicated news readers, as
well as browsers with built in news readers.
If you're running SUSE Linux, look on your menu, under Internet -->
News, and you'll see which news readers you have installed. If you're
running something else, look for a good newsreader. Don't use an email
Find a Usenet server that you can post to. Your ISP probably has one.
There are also free ones out there, that Google will help you locate.
Type in "Usenet free servers". better yet, use this:
The one your provider has is most likely the better, faster and easier
choice. Set up the news reader of your choice, download the groups
list, type linux in the search box, then subscribe to alt.os.linux. and
alt.os.linux.<your distro> as well as any others that interest you;
comp.os.linux.<whatever> may also prove helpful.
When I see correct quoting from you, instead of what Google has been
forcing you to do, I'll be right there to greet you, and help get you
going. Until then:
I am out of here.
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