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July 2006 Poll were as follows (in order of vote count from highest to lowest):
This years poll was multiple choice. Out of 211 participants, 252 total votes were cast indicating that a significant number of members use more than one newsreader. As some readers function only for binary downloading, and others work better for text, we suspect that users may have selected different readers for different functions although that was not clear from the comments.
Q: What are newsgroups?
A: In a nutshell, think of newsgroups as basically text based forums or message boards on Usenet. There are literally thousands of them covering every topic imaginable.Q: I was in some newsgroup and opened a message and all I could see was gibberish, was it some kind of secret code?
A: Chances are you opened up a binary message. Newsgroups are posted text messages, someone figured out a way to encode binary files into text and posted it to the newsgroup. In order to download the binary file you would need a reader that can decode the message.Q: Where can I find more information on newsgroups?
A: A wealth of information can be found at the following links:
•Simple guide to using Newsgroups
•What is Usenet?
•What do I need to be able to download posts from Usenet?
Links verified & winning choices all in as of 07-16-06 FCT (FAQ Creation Time)