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Filtering Newsgroups with Thunderbird
  
Much of the Usenet is a little like the wild west. Moderated Newsgroups exist, but they are few and far between. Even fewer are newsgroups that actually have active moderators. So, it’s not uncommon to see two common issues that really turn people off of Usenet. The first is spam and the second is trolls.
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Author: Jason Evans
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Publication Date: 2020-07-25
  
The spam is usually very obvious. You will see articles advertising drugs, loans, counterfeit money, and a wide range of other shady goods and services. It’s also almost always off-topic to the newsgroup that they are posted in and it’s easy to filter.
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1 Description:
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2 Task 1: Setup Thunderbird
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3 Task 2: Create your first filter
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4 Task 3: Filter articles by person:
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5 Summary:
  
Trolls first came to life on the Internet via Usenet and some still reside there. What do I mean by a troll? Trolls are mainly people who enjoy irritating and upsetting people just for fun. The same filtering that works for spam can also work for trolls.
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Description:
  
This tutorial will show you how to filter articles using Thunderbird based on sender and on subject. It is assumed that you know how to use Usenet or have reviewed the previous tutorial, "Getting Started with Usenet".
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Much of the Usenet is a little like the wild west. Moderated Newsgroups exist,
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but they are few and far between. Even fewer are newsgroups that actually have
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active moderators. So, it’s not uncommon to see two common issues that really
 +
turn people off of Usenet. The first is spam and the second is trolls.
  
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The spam is usually very obvious. You will see articles advertising drugs,
 +
loans, counterfeit money, and a wide range of other shady goods and services.
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It’s also almost always off-topic to the newsgroup that they are posted in and
 +
it’s easy to filter.
  
= Task 1: Setup Thunderbird =
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Trolls first came to life on the Internet via Usenet and some still reside
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there. What do I mean by a troll? Trolls are mainly people who enjoy irritating
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and upsetting people just for fun. The same filtering that works for spam can
 +
also work for trolls.
  
1. Open Thunderbird and right-click on the area next to your main tab and choose <span class="strong">'''Main Bar'''</span>:</p>
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This tutorial will show you how to filter articles using Thunderbird based on
<p>If you already have this enabled, then you can continue on.</p></li>
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sender and on subject. It is assumed that you know how to use Usenet or have
<li><p>On the Menu bar, click <span class="strong">'''View'''</span> → <span class="strong">'''Threads'''</span> → <span class="strong">'''All'''</span></p>
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reviewed the previous tutorial, "Getting Started with Usenet".
<p>This will allow you to see all threads before they are filtered.</p></li></ol>
 
  
= Task 2: Create your first filter =
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Task 1: Setup Thunderbird
  
<ol style="list-style-type: decimal;">
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1. Open Thunderbird and right-click on the area next to your main tab and
<li><p>Go to the <span class="strong">'''eternal-september.test'''</span> newsgroup:</p></li>
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    choose Main Bar:
<li><p>Choose an article with a subject that contains &quot;test&quot;:</p>
 
  
Note: In Thunderbird, the newsgroup area has 3 parts: The <span class="strong">'''article list'''</span>, the <span class="strong">'''header'''</span> which contains the From, Subject, etc, and the <span class="strong">'''body'''</span> of the article.</p>
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    If you already have this enabled, then you can continue on.
  
</div></li>
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2. On the Menu bar, click View → Threads → All
<li><p>In the <span class="strong">'''<span class="emphasis">''header''</span>'''</span> area, right-click on the <span class="strong">'''<span class="emphasis">''Subject title''</span>'''</span> and choose <span class="strong">'''Create Filter From…​'''</span></p>
 
<p>You should now see a new pop-up screen called <span class="strong">'''Filter Rules'''</span>.</p></li>
 
<li><p>In the <span class="strong">'''<span class="emphasis">''Filter Name''</span>'''</span> field, choose type <span class="strong">'''test'''</span>:</p></li>
 
<li><p>Choose <span class="strong">'''Match any of the following'''</span>:</p></li>
 
<li><p>Change the filter rule from to the following:</p>
 
<p>Subject <span class="strong">'''contains'''</span> test</p></li>
 
<li><p>Under <span class="strong">'''<span class="emphasis">''Perform these actions''</span>'''</span>, choose <span class="strong">'''Ignore Thread'''</span>:</p></li>
 
<li><p>Click <span class="strong">'''OK'''</span>:</p>
 
<p>The <span class="strong">'''Filter Rules'''</span> window should close and be replaced with the <span class="strong">'''Message Filters'''</span> window.</p></li>
 
<li><p>Click <span class="strong">'''Run Now'''</span>:</p>
 
<p>You have now created a filter that will automatically look at all articles and place an &quot;ignored flag next to them.&quot; On some articles, you will now see a red icon next to articles that contain the word &quot;test&quot; in the subject.</p></li>
 
<li><p>On the Menu bar, click <span class="strong">'''View'''</span> <span class="strong">'''Threads'''</span> <span class="strong">'''Ignored Threads'''</span>:</p>
 
<p>Those messages should no longer be visible.</p></li></ol>
 
  
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    This will allow you to see all threads before they are filtered.
  
</div>
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3 Task 2: Create your first filter
<div id="id-1.4.3" class="admonition note normal">
 
  
[[File:static/images/icon-note.png|class=symbol|Note]]
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1. Go to the eternal-september.test newsgroup:
====== Note ======
 
  
While it may seem to be better to just delete any articles that you don’t want to see, sometimes everyone delete things by accident that they didn’t want to. It’s better to just hide something and be able to go back if you need to than the delete it completely. Also, deleting only deletes it from your machine not from the rest of Usenet.
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2. Choose an article with a subject that contains "test":
  
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    Note:
  
</div>
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    In Thunderbird, the newsgroup area has 3 parts: The article list, the
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    header which contains the From, Subject, etc, and the body of the article.
  
</div>
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3. In the header area, right-click on the Subject title and choose Create
<div id="_task_3_filter_articles_by_person" class="sect1">
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    Filter From…​
  
<div class="titlepage">
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    You should now see a new pop-up screen called Filter Rules.
  
<div>
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4. In the Filter Name field, choose type test:
  
<div>
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5. Choose Match any of the following:
  
== <span class="number">4 </span><span class="name" dm="urn:x-suse:ns:docmanager">Task 3: Filter articles by person:</span> [[#_task_3_filter_articles_by_person|#]] ==
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6. Change the filter rule from to the following:
  
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    Subject contains test
  
</div>
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7. Under Perform these actions, choose Ignore Thread:
  
</div>
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8. Click OK:
  
</div>
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    The Filter Rules window should close and be replaced with the Message
<div class="orderedlist">
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    Filters window.
  
<ol style="list-style-type: decimal;">
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9. Click Run Now:
<li><p>In the article list on <span class="strong">'''<span class="emphasis">''eternal-september.test''</span>'''</span>, choose the article called <span class="strong">'''greetings from the past!'''</span> by tux:</p></li>
 
<li><p>In the <span class="strong">'''<span class="emphasis">''header''</span>'''</span> area, right-click on the <span class="strong">'''<span class="emphasis">''tux@linux.com''</span>'''</span> and choose <span class="strong">'''Create Filter From…​'''</span></p></li>
 
<li><p>Like in the previous task, filter any articles that contain <span class="strong">'''tux'''</span>:</p></li>
 
<li><p>Instead of ignoring the article, choose <span class="strong">'''Add Star'''</span>:</p></li>
 
<li><p>Click <span class="strong">'''OK'''</span>:</p></li>
 
<li><p>Click <span class="strong">'''Run Now'''</span>:</p></li>
 
<li><p>On the Menu bar, click <span class="strong">'''View'''</span> → <span class="strong">'''Sort by'''</span> → <span class="strong">'''Star'''</span>:</p>
 
<p>You should now see that article at the top of your list of article.</p></li></ol>
 
  
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    You have now created a filter that will automatically look at all articles
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    and place an "ignored flag next to them." On some articles, you will now
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    see a red icon next to articles that contain the word "test" in the
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    subject.
  
</div>
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10. On the Menu bar, click View → Threads → Ignored Threads:
<div id="id-1.5.3" class="admonition note normal">
 
  
[[File:static/images/icon-note.png|class=symbol|Note]]
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    Those messages should no longer be visible.
====== Note ======
 
  
Filters aren’t just negative. They can also be used to make sure that important topics or articles from from friends are seen first. The filtering tool is very powerful and can drastically change how useful Usenet is to you.
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Note:
  
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While it may seem to be better to just delete any articles that you don’t want
 +
to see, sometimes everyone delete things by accident that they didn’t want to.
 +
It’s better to just hide something and be able to go back if you need to than
 +
the delete it completely. Also, deleting only deletes it from your machine not
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from the rest of Usenet.
  
</div>
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Task 3: Filter articles by person:
  
</div>
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1. In the article list on eternal-september.test, choose the article called
<div id="_summary" class="sect1">
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    greetings from the past! by tux:
  
<div class="titlepage">
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2. In the header area, right-click on the tux@linux.com and choose Create
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    Filter From…​
  
<div>
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3. Like in the previous task, filter any articles that contain tux:
  
<div>
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4. Instead of ignoring the article, choose Add Star:
  
== <span class="number">5 </span><span class="name" dm="urn:x-suse:ns:docmanager">Summary:</span> [[#_summary|#]] ==
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5. Click OK:
  
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6. Click Run Now:
  
</div>
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7. On the Menu bar, click View → Sort by → Star:
  
</div>
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    You should now see that article at the top of your list of article.
  
</div>
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Note:
In this exercise, you created your first two filters, by subject and user respectively. You also learned how to view, hide, and sort articles based on those filter.
 
  
(End of Exercise)
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Filters aren’t just negative. They can also be used to make sure that important
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topics or articles from from friends are seen first. The filtering tool is very
 +
powerful and can drastically change how useful Usenet is to you.
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 +
Summary:
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In this exercise, you created your first two filters, by subject and user
 +
respectively. You also learned how to view, hide, and sort articles based on
 +
those filter.

Revision as of 11:59, 25 July 2020

Filtering Newsgroups with Thunderbird

Author: Jason Evans Publication Date: 2020-07-25

1 Description: 2 Task 1: Setup Thunderbird 3 Task 2: Create your first filter 4 Task 3: Filter articles by person: 5 Summary:

Description:

Much of the Usenet is a little like the wild west. Moderated Newsgroups exist, but they are few and far between. Even fewer are newsgroups that actually have active moderators. So, it’s not uncommon to see two common issues that really turn people off of Usenet. The first is spam and the second is trolls.

The spam is usually very obvious. You will see articles advertising drugs, loans, counterfeit money, and a wide range of other shady goods and services. It’s also almost always off-topic to the newsgroup that they are posted in and it’s easy to filter.

Trolls first came to life on the Internet via Usenet and some still reside there. What do I mean by a troll? Trolls are mainly people who enjoy irritating and upsetting people just for fun. The same filtering that works for spam can also work for trolls.

This tutorial will show you how to filter articles using Thunderbird based on sender and on subject. It is assumed that you know how to use Usenet or have reviewed the previous tutorial, "Getting Started with Usenet".

Task 1: Setup Thunderbird

1. Open Thunderbird and right-click on the area next to your main tab and
   choose Main Bar:
   If you already have this enabled, then you can continue on.
2. On the Menu bar, click View → Threads → All
   This will allow you to see all threads before they are filtered.

3 Task 2: Create your first filter

1. Go to the eternal-september.test newsgroup:
2. Choose an article with a subject that contains "test":
   Note:
   In Thunderbird, the newsgroup area has 3 parts: The article list, the 
   header which contains the From, Subject, etc, and the body of the article.
3. In the header area, right-click on the Subject title and choose Create
   Filter From…​
   You should now see a new pop-up screen called Filter Rules.
4. In the Filter Name field, choose type test:
5. Choose Match any of the following:
6. Change the filter rule from to the following:
   Subject contains test
7. Under Perform these actions, choose Ignore Thread:
8. Click OK:
   The Filter Rules window should close and be replaced with the Message
   Filters window.
9. Click Run Now:
   You have now created a filter that will automatically look at all articles
   and place an "ignored flag next to them." On some articles, you will now
   see a red icon next to articles that contain the word "test" in the
   subject.

10. On the Menu bar, click View → Threads → Ignored Threads:

   Those messages should no longer be visible.

Note:

While it may seem to be better to just delete any articles that you don’t want to see, sometimes everyone delete things by accident that they didn’t want to. It’s better to just hide something and be able to go back if you need to than the delete it completely. Also, deleting only deletes it from your machine not from the rest of Usenet.

Task 3: Filter articles by person:

1. In the article list on eternal-september.test, choose the article called 
   greetings from the past! by tux:
2. In the header area, right-click on the tux@linux.com and choose Create
   Filter From…​
3. Like in the previous task, filter any articles that contain tux:
4. Instead of ignoring the article, choose Add Star:
5. Click OK:
6. Click Run Now:
7. On the Menu bar, click View → Sort by → Star:
   You should now see that article at the top of your list of article.

Note:

Filters aren’t just negative. They can also be used to make sure that important topics or articles from from friends are seen first. The filtering tool is very powerful and can drastically change how useful Usenet is to you.

Summary:

In this exercise, you created your first two filters, by subject and user respectively. You also learned how to view, hide, and sort articles based on those filter.