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I am just thinking about an interesting forum backend design...
I am running a niche forum and I expect it to stay niche. Anyway, in order to widen the audience and improve the overall usefulness of my site I am thinking about hooking the forum into usenet using Perl. Is that possible?
The idea as follows:
All posts to my forum get forwarded to a specific usenet group. My forum server then monitors answers to that specific post and adds them to the thread on my www based forum.
Any ideas, hints, caveats.
Am I actually allowed to do this (regarding usenet guidelines)?
Isn't usenet shorthand for spammers spamming other spammers? Linking directly to usenet is probably the quickest way I can think of to populate your forum with an absolute avalanche of garbage and render it totally useless.
Mhhh... Spam, sure I didn't think of that as I only had in mind to post a thread to the usenet and ONLY retrieve this thread back to the www board. But sure, I forgot that spammers would also answer this thread - with spam (and so I would get it back into the www forum...)
Any more ideas? Suggestions for CPAN modules and script design in Perl?