Frequently Asked Questions


  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. Could i use programs like suck?
  12. What is a local group ?
  13. Which kind of groups could be carried as local ?
  14. May i have a local group ?
  15. Could i use programs like suck ?
  16. Timeout Errors
  17. The server rejects my incoming connections
  18. May i send local only messages?

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 four months. Sometimes, the articles sent to specific groups may be cancelled before this time.
 
7. Do you provide NNTP over SSL access?
The NNTP over SSL is available through the standard NNTPS port (563). The URIs for NNTP over SSL are snews://nntp.aioe.org or snews://news.aioe.org
 
8. Do you offer commercial services?
No, Aioe.org is a non profit projerct not a business.
 
9. I’m using a mobile connection. May i use your server?
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 600 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 and a brief peering page.
Aioe.org doesn't offer UUCP feeds.
 
11. Could i use programs like suck?
Yes.
Aioe.org allows users to use programs such as suck but requires clients to respect certain limits in the amount of system resources that can be used during this process. All limits about the use of the server that users must comply with are indicated in the terms of the use and they're also listed in an analytical way on a specific page.
 
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 :

  • Moderated
    All the articles posted from the users are sent to a moderator that choose whether accept or reject each message.
  • Read Only
    Normal users can only read the articles sent by a single authorized poster
  • Public
    Everybody can read the articles and send his own messages.
 
14. May i have a local group?
Yes.
Those who need a local group should ask for its creation using the helpdesk group.
 
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 :
  • The server could be overloaded.
  • The timeout limit could be set to a too short time. A good value is between 10 and 15 seconds. Check your newsreader configurations.
     
 
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
 
17. May i use NEWNEWS?
Yes.
NEWNEWS is an NNRP command that returns to the client a list of all messages posted to a newsgroup after a certain epoch. Some newsreaders can be configured to use NEWNEWS to determine which messages need to be downloaded
 
18. May i send local only messages?
A local message is an USENET article sent through this site that is readable only by the users of this service because it was not propagated to all other sites that are part of usenet network. In order to send a local message, sender must include the following header:

Distribution: local

All users that are interested in local only articles should read the manual page about special headers.