- Central news server operated by ISC.
- Newsgroup established in upenn hierarchy for each class.
- Posting is open to all individuals accessing from a permissable upenn.edu host. (Although newsgroups can be moderated to control posting, a variety of technical loopholes allow this to be bypassed by an experienced user.)
- Discussion is left on line for the course of an academic year. All messages are purged before the start of the fall semester.
- Mono- or bi-directional gateways are possible between NetNews and electronic mail distribution lists or listservs.
- Newsreaders easy to use.
- Easy to post information, especially text.
- upenn newsgroups offer near real-time discussion.
- No additional load on campus electronic mail servers (unless gateways used).
- "Threads" of specific conversations easy to follow with most newsreaders and very well documented.
- A variety of media may be posted and understood by most newsreaders.
- NetNews can be integrated into the Web in a variety of ways (archival or real-time).
- Relatively low user of server resources, so relatively large messages may be posted.
- An active means of communication: reader must log on to NetNews to see if there is any new information.
- Discussions via NetNews are inherently public in nature.
- Newsreader software not as widely used as e-mail.
- Easy to forge postings.
Strategies for Effective Use
- Faculty should expect NetNews activity from students at all hours of the day (and especially) night, and may want to check from home at night to facilitate this discussion.
Contact: Dr. Noam H. Arzt, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last modified: 01 February 2012