Frequently Asked Questions

 

Table of contents

  1. What is an USENET (NNTP) server ?
  2. How can i register to aioe.org news server ?
  3. May i see binary groups using your server ?
  4. Where can i find the terms of use ?
  5. My favorite group is missing. May you add it ?
  6. How many days does your server keep the articles ?
  7. Do you provide NNTP over SSL access ?
  8. Do you offer commercial services ?
  9. I’m using a mobile connection. May i have access to your server ?
  10. Do you offer real time USENET feeds?
  11. What is a local group ?
  12. Which kind of groups could be carried as local ?
  13. May i have a local group ?
  14. Could i use programs like suck ?
  15. Timeout Errors
  16. The server rejects my incoming connections

 

1. What is an USENET (NNTP) server ?
Wikipedia page about USENET includes a lot of useful explanations for beginners about USENET.
NNTP protocol is described by the RFC 977 and the RFC 2280.

 

2. How can i register to aioe.org news server ?
You can’t register.
The news server doesn’t require registration. You can read your preferred groups and you can post your own messages without providing any Userid and password. At the same time, server keeps the sender's IP address for each locally posted article. Lack of authentication doesn't mean anonymity. The Aioe.org NNTP server accepts incoming connections from every IP address.

 

3. May i see binary groups using your server ?
No, you can’t.
Aioe.org provides a text only NNTP server. All binary groups aren’t available. This is a deliberate choice because almost all binary messages are pornographic pictures or warez. They waste a lot of bandwidth and they expose ourself to needless legal risks.

 

4. Where can i find the terms of use ?
The official policy describes the terms of use and our privacy statement. We strongly encourage our users to read this page before starting to use our service.

 

5. My preferred group is missing. May you add it ?
Usually all new groups inside all known hierarchies are automatically created by the server when a special control message digitally signed by the hierarchy administrator is received. If for some reason, a new group is missing those who are interested should send a notice to the our english helpdesk aioe.news.helpdesk. If the hierarchy is already carried, your group will be created in minutes.

 

6. How many days does your server keep the articles ?
This server keeps the old articles for about three months. Sometimes, the articles sent to specific groups may be cancelled before this time.

 

7. Do you provide NNTP over SSL access ?
Yes.
The NNTP over SSL is available through the standard NNTPS port (563). The URI for NNTP over SSL is snews ://nntp.aioe.org.

 

8. Do you offer commercial services ?
No.
Aioe.org is not a business.

 

9. I’m using a mobile connection. May i use your server ?
Yes, you can.
Server configuration settings are set to values that permit connections from mobile devices. At the same time, if mobile newsreaders offer the ability to establish persistent connections with remote hosts, this feature should be activated. Anyway. the maximum number of  allowed conections per day is set only to 400 per ip which is a.value enough for casual users.

 

10. Do you offer real time USENET feeds ?
Yes.
Server documentation explains which requisites are needed to establish a feed with aioe.org. Aioe.org doesn't offer UUCP feeds.

 

11. Could i use programs like suck ?
Suck feeds waste a lot of system resources. We don’t recommend to use this method to download the news but we don’t expressly forbid it.

 

12. What is a local group ?
A local newsgroup is that group which is carried only by a single server. Local forums work like public mailing list but they’ve got the advantage to save bandwidth because every client can choose which articles wish to download.

 

13. Which kind of groups could be carried as local ?

A local group could be :

 

14. May i have a local group ?
Yes
Those who need local groups can ask for their creation in the helpdesk. All local groups are deleted if there’re no messages in the last 30 days.

15. Timeout Errors

When a client tries to connect, if the server doesn’t reply within a defined time, the newsreader closes the connection and reports a "timeout" error. Usually, this kind of errors is caused by one of these two reasons :

 

16. Server rejects my incoming connections
If the server goes offline, all attempts to establish new connections are rejected by the kernel at TCP/IP level. When a client tries to open more than 4 connections at the same time, the ones that exceed this limit are refused by the server.