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Some better way to read/post/follow threads

by HarryPutnam (Novice)
on Apr 25, 2014 at 22:01 UTC ( #1083870=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

There seems to be a real wealth of knowledge on PerlMonks.

I'm quite a new user... and find the interface for reading and posting in threads is difficult to follow. After just scanning briefly thru some of the setup stuff, I saw no section devoted to how threads are presented.

Hopefully I'm just blind to seeing how to set things up in some way I can follow better. If so I hope some kind Monk will steer me toward the relevant information.

Is it possible to connect with the various forums, thru NNTP? And use them like regular usenet is setup?

Is it possible, thru personal settings or whatever to get my group reading interface to resemble the one available on gmane. With Frames and threading so the groups appear in the tried and venerable style of usenet

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Re: Some better way to read/post/follow threads
by davido (Archbishop) on Apr 26, 2014 at 01:39 UTC

    There is no "email me whenever there is activity in this thread". However, whenever there is a direct follow-up to one of your posts, you will receive notification in the form of a private Chatterbox message, assuming you've got the CB nodelet enabled (you receive it either way, but it's only obvious if the nodelet is enabled). The message works like any private CB message; it stays there until you delete it.

    Another solution is to poll one of the PerlMonks XML tickers periodically (but no more frequently than you would actually want to be informed) by an automated process of some sort that is designed to identify threads in which you have participated, or threads that you've explicitly specified are of interest. This requires a lot of work on your part, but might appeal to your sense of Perlish laziness, impatience, and hubris... especially the hubristic part, as it could be of benefit to others as well.

    A less ambitious approach is to monitor Recently Active Threads, or Newest Nodes for posts that seem interesting. I tend to use Newest Nodes mostly, and in addition to watching for questions, I also pay attention to follow-up titles that I remember interested me, or posts by authors who usually have something insightful to say.


Re: Some better way to read/post/follow threads (nntp usenet newsgroups)
by Anonymous Monk on Apr 26, 2014 at 08:23 UTC

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