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9:12am on Monday, 24th January, 2005:



I've been trying to subscribe to misc.writing.screenplays.moderated since it launched about 3 weeks ago. I don't mean web access, I mean a proper UseNet feed. The one I use is the one that comes with my ISP, BT Internet. It has yet to recognise that misc.writing.screenplays.moderated exists.

The reason for the new group is that misc.writing.screenplays was hit so hard by a cross-posting troll that newbies were finding it difficult to see the genuine posts among the garbage. It's easy enough to filter out cross-postings if you use the right news reader, but most people don't and are stuck with MS Outlook. Needless to say, misc.writing.screenplays.moderated (which is auto-moderated to eliminate cross-posts, nothing more) has attracted a few new trolls, trying to bait regular posters. It hasn't taken them long to get bored, though, and MWSM looks like taking over from MWS as the screenwriters' group of choice.

I wrote to BT moaning about the lack of misc.writing.screenplays.moderated last week. It hasn't had any effect. This morning's check for new Usenet groups revealed one addition: alt.binaries.amazon-women.admirers . It's so new that it isn't even on Google's Usenet service yet, if indeed it ever makes it at all. Great priorities, BT...

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