Reading the List messages with threaded discussion in a News Reader

Q: How do I set up my computer to read the threaded discussion?

A: To setup your computer to use the newsgroups, use the following process:

1. You will need a news reader client, for example Outlook Express, Netscape Mail , WinVN, Free Agent and others.
Some or all of the settings you may require to enter are : 

                                                           Display Name --- your name (no aliases and no masquerading please)

                                                           Email address  --- exactly as subscribed to the mailing list ( no aliases )

                                                           NNTP Server   ----   

                                                           Yes ----- to my server requires me to log on . NB.  Username (fhc2002z)  and Password ( fhc9876z)

                                                            No ----  to Log on using Secure Password Authentication

2. Once the news reader is started, it will ask if you want a list of newsgroups. Answer yes and proceed to load the newsgroups. For each one you are a member of, select and click subscribe. News groups mirror the names of the lists eg.                                                                      

Newsgroup Mailing List Yr 12 IPM Yr 12 IT Systems VET  in IT  technical discussion Technical Support Inititative Visual Basic

3. By clicking or double clicking on the newsgroup name, you will now be able to see all messages in a threaded discussion. You may need to sort in reverse order of date to view most recent first. If you haven't saved the password in your setup you will be asked for it, otherwise you will go into the newsgroup without a password request. This still authenticates you, but through the saved information.

4. Some newsreaders only download a fixed number of messages, for example Outlook Express defaults to 300 new messages at one time. You can turn this off to receive ALL messages or you will need to adjust this number to your own requirements.

5. Once you read the thread or message of interest you can write back to the list through the newsreader interface. If you are not a member of the list your message will not appear. 

6. The newsreader interface will also act as an archival facility so threads revisited can be perused before they are reactivated. 

7. Thereafter you will be able to retain access to your mailing list interface through your normal email account and reader and also maintain full access through the news reader interface.