Newsgroups and the PC Advisor

  QuickHare 13:38 16 Jan 2003
  QuickHare 13:38 16 Jan 2003

I was wondering if there was any plans for PC Advisor to set up their own newsgroup accessible by all with news readers.

If there is already one, where is it?

If there isn't one, any plans?
Would people prefer a newsgroup as well as web-based?


  €dstow 13:41 16 Jan 2003

What would be the advantage of a newsgroup over and above the present system?

This is a real question, not sarcastic rhetoric. I do want to know.


  QuickHare 13:48 16 Jan 2003

People still use dial-up, and the time on the Internet can be important.
I suppose the major advantage from readers' point of view would be faster access to messages. It takes less than a second to download a message using a news reader such as Outlook Express, but takes about 2 or 3 for a web page.

On the downside, PC Advisor loses it's ads and reaching customers.
Also, if PC Advisor wishes to keep track of who is signed up to the membership, newsgroup aren't the way to go, sadly.


  €dstow 14:24 16 Jan 2003

Mmmm.. not sure.

The problem with newsgroups is that, rightly or wrongly, they have become strongly associated with the less desirable things in life like porn, illegal drugs, terrorism, bomb making and so on. This makes it less likely that there would be a lot of interest, by the current membership at least.


  QuickHare 14:41 16 Jan 2003

I see your point.


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