February 4, 2004
@ 04:20 AM

Every once in a while someone asks whether I plan to add support for reading newsgroups via NNTP to RSS Bandit. I believe I've reached the point where I'm bored enough to actually give it a shot and since there don't seem to be any freely available libraries that provide this functionality for .NET and have licencing requirements I'm comfortable with I may have to write the NNTP code myself.

The only question is whether this is actually functionality people are interested in or not. I definitely would use it since I monitor newsgroups like microsoft.public.dotnet.xml and microsoft.public.xml but would the average RSS Bandit user think it was a worthwhile feature or would my time be better spent elsewhere?


Wednesday, February 4, 2004 4:52:14 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
One vote yes here.
Wednesday, February 4, 2004 5:22:21 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
There's an NNTP plugin available at http://www.eworldui.net/NntpPlugin.aspx that supports the IBlogExtension interface already.
Wednesday, February 4, 2004 8:46:59 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
yup from me
Neil the spod
Wednesday, February 4, 2004 12:16:59 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I'd say that it's a great idea.

However, I'd be real careful how you present it. You might find yourself buried in a big pile of wish list features as RSSBandit is expected to be a full-scale NNTP client.

Just a thought.
Wednesday, February 4, 2004 2:34:56 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I don't think I'll use it, but who knows.
Wednesday, February 4, 2004 3:16:23 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
i vote yes, please

the rss metaphor fits very nicely with the nntp metaphor and a combined client would still be quite intuitive, i think
John Morales
Wednesday, February 4, 2004 7:33:24 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
+1 for NNTP.
Thursday, February 5, 2004 6:34:06 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
-1 for NNTP. Outlook Express is a pretty decent, mid-featured, fast NNTP client, and it's baked right into Windows. Some more polish on RSSBandit's UI would be much appreciated (I love the new Outlook 2003-style pane, but Bandit still feels sluggish compared to SharpReader).
Monday, February 9, 2004 12:36:21 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Hell yes. It's been an age since I used anything but Google for news access simply because there aren't any Windows clients I actually like. Given that I find RSSB's interface most lovely, I rather suspect, I'd find myself weaned from my Google News addiction.

Go for it.

Matt Povey
Thursday, February 12, 2004 9:02:49 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
big YES here.
Friday, February 13, 2004 4:07:48 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
sides_dale@hotmail.com (Dale)
Monday, February 16, 2004 8:10:43 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
It would be nice to close Outlook Express at least. RSS Bandit and Outlook 2003 would be enough.
sw@softasap.com (Yuriy)
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