MyNews - Additional information
About MyNews... and Non-MyNews NNTP servers ... and Usenet in
What is MyNews ?
A few essays about MyNews
Dont use MyNews if....
Free and Open newsservers
Tools and Links
Firewalls, Hackers and Paranoia
The release history is here: Release
The FULL release notes: These are the unfiltered
documentation files from the programmer. They are
sometimes hard to understand, bt perhaps you enjoy them. Those
who write such tools themselves might be happy to read something:
Extensions of the NNTP-Protocol (RFC977 & 2980) for
communication between MyNews servers: MyNNTP.htm
Step by Step tutorial (outdated by
progress of development - but still here)
This site is not just about MyNews - here you find also a lot
of useful information
Pitfalls for private news servers and the Usenet (Trouble
There are a lot of problems which could occur for newbies if
nobody cares of them. I do - so here some tips:
- Newsgroup naming conventions
You can create your own, private newsgroups - because
this is your own, private news-server (no matter if this
is a Hamster, a MyNews, an INN...) But you should take
CARE about the names for your newsgroups:
First you should adapt the normal hierachic naming
convention for newsgroups. The first part is the
'hierarchy-name' and a lot of those names are already
reserved. More info in the newsgroup:
news.admin.hierarchies or at: www.magma.ca/~leisen/mlnh/
- Local hierarchies: Newsgroups which are just used inside
your company or your house should start with: LOCAL.*
Make sure thast local.* newsgroups are never transmitted
to Usenet - or other servers outside your reach.
- If you dont know it better, then add only existing
newsgroups. The freeware version of MyNews does restrict
you to this!
- NEVER crosspost between a local.* or private.* or
mynews.* newsgroup and an 'official' Usenet newsgroup.
This might confuse some Usenet servers.
- Be sure to have moderated groups correctly handled. Best
is to post messages to moderated newsgroups without path
or own message id to your Usenet-provider. He will handle
these posts pretty good. It is hard to find out which
groups are moderated and which are not! Not even the
'official' lists are reliable. MyNews is offering the
'official' grouplist from isc.org.
- If you run MyNews: Dont crosspost to non-existing
- If you run a MyNews-Gateway: Never send crossposted
messages with non existing groups or local groups to
- Path: MyNews inserts itself properly into the Path-Line.
At the begining (the last entry) it uses: !usenet
- Message-ID: MyNews uses its unique servername to create
message ids: XXXXXXXX@YOURNAME.winews.net
The online registration guarantees that your name is
unique - which is a requirement for posts to Usenet.
- Some Usenet-servers are ignorring your PATH and
MESSAGE-ID: In these cases you will see your own messages
twice - and all other MyNews users as well!
RFCs about Usenet
These RFCs (Request for Comment == a kind of normative
standard) are used for Usenet (and MyNews) messages and
- RFC-977 - Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP)
- RFC-2980 - Common NNTP Extensions