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Old 02-21-2007, 05:15 AM   #1
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Cool Hooking a forum into the Usenet, possible?


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)?
 
Old 02-21-2007, 06:16 AM   #2
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If you look at a typical unmoderated Usenet group, it's hard to see evidence of any guidelines---some of these are pretty bad.

I assume your forum is moderated--mixing that with an unmodera.ted forum seems like a really bad idea.

This said, there should be no reason you cannot do what you are suggesting
 
Old 02-21-2007, 07:05 AM   #3
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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.
 
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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?
 
Old 02-21-2007, 04:51 PM   #5
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Anyone? Suggestions??
 
Old 02-21-2007, 05:33 PM   #6
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My guess is that people here like me saw this as a very bad idea and simply went on to other things. I know only enough about scripting to believe that your idea is feasible.

Have you tried any Google searches?
 
  


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