Hello Nicol, To be honest usenet news ggroups are rapidly becoming a thing of the past, and are being replaced with mailing lists and forums. Most cable internet providers like Road Runner, Comcast, etc don't even offer usenet news ggroup support. So even if a person wanted to access the news group they couldn't if their isp doesn't support usenet news any longer. Those that still do support usanet news have in the last few years began black listing certain news groups because of software piracy, porn, and anything else they believe might offend their customers. While their filters wouldn't effect us so much it is still the idea the internet providers are helping bring an end to usanet news simply by interfearing with a person's choice what groups he or she might want to join regardless if it contains porn or whatever. As far as subscribing to a news group goes not all e-mail clients have built in news group support. I know Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook, and I think Thunderbird does, but there are many that do not. As usanet news continues to dwindle so will the clients that support dwindle. So the fact of the matter is creating a new usanet news group now is pretty much a lost cause since support for usenet news is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. A better alternative to usenet news is a forum similar to what Audiogames.net uses. That way all messages are archived on the server, and can be browsed through online through a standard web browser like Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, whatever. Plus the advantage of using a forum is that you can use an internet search engine like Google, Bing, or Yahoo to find messages if the forum is public. There are lots of advantages of forums, and they are quickly replacing the usenet news groups and even some mailing lists. Finally, as far as news groups saving people from having their mail boxes being cluttered that's true, but news groups can get rather cluttered with messages if they are very active. So one way or another weather it is an e-mail list like this one or a news group you still have the task of sorting through x number of posts one by one. The only solution for that problem is, as I said above, is a forum. At least with an online forum you can read posts listed by topic rather than trying to waid through x number of posts that may or may not be in any kind of order. How the e-mail or news group posts are aranged often depends on your mail/news client. So, in short, to answer your question candedly I definitely don't think a usanet news group is a good idea. Instead of helping the VI comunity grow it would do much more harm than good. It would restrict people access to the usanet news group because of their ISP, their mail client might not even have news support, and it wouldn't even solve the problem that you intended it to fix.
HTH On 8/12/10, Nicol <nicoljaco...@telkomsa.net> wrote: > Hi all > I have read in a book about the existance of usenet newsgroups. > I myself haven't subscribed to such a newsgroup; I have just read about it. > Apparently one subscribes to a newsgroup via one's e-mail client, and then > when one receive newsgroup posts, it is not downloaded into one's mailbox, > the posts remains on the server and is frequently deleted by the > administrator of that newsgroup. > Apparently one uses one's e-mail client to read posts but the posts stays on > the server of that newsgroup. > So I have been wondering, if a usenet newsgroup can be created for the > blind gaming community? > Then more people can join the blind gaming community as people will no > longer have the problem of their mailboxes being cluttered. > Not every blind gamer subscribes to this list, some may feel that posts from > the list clutters their inbox. > So I think the blind gamers community will grow if we can have a usenet > newsgroup for the blind gamers community. > So how do you guys feel about creating a usenet newsgroup for the blind > gamers community? > > > > --- > Gamers mailing list __ Gamers@audyssey.org > If you want to leave the list, send E-mail to > gamers-unsubscr...@audyssey.org. > You can make changes or update your subscription via the web, at > http://audyssey.org/mailman/listinfo/gamers_audyssey.org. > All messages are archived and can be searched and read at > http://www.mail-archive.com/gam...@audyssey.org. > If you have any questions or concerns regarding the management of the list, > please send E-mail to gamers-ow...@audyssey.org. > --- Gamers mailing list __ Gamers@audyssey.org If you want to leave the list, send E-mail to gamers-unsubscr...@audyssey.org. You can make changes or update your subscription via the web, at http://audyssey.org/mailman/listinfo/gamers_audyssey.org. All messages are archived and can be searched and read at http://www.mail-archive.com/gam...@audyssey.org. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the management of the list, please send E-mail to gamers-ow...@audyssey.org.