comp.lang.java.*newsgroups are incredibly helpful resources whether you're relatively new to Java or whether you have a difficult question on a tricky topic. However, if you're not careful, you can end up having a tough time getting the information you want in a pleasant way. Here are some guidelines which should help you to get the maximum benefit out of the groups. I have no more power than anyone else on Usenet, and these guidelines aren't rules - but I maintain that if you follow them, you're more likely to get positive results than if you ignore them.
Newsgroups:header of the article. This is better than multi-posting in general (when the groups are related) but still not as good as just choosing a single group and sticking to it. If you're going to cross-post, at least make sure you set the
Followup-to:header so the discussion doesn't stay on all those groups.
comp.lang.java.miscand similar groups despite the fact that newsgroup deletion messages were sent out for them a long time ago. At the time of writing (December 3rd 2001), the following groups are "valid"
comp.lang.java.3d 3D Graphics API's for the Java language. comp.lang.java.advocacy Support for and criticism of the Java System. comp.lang.java.announce Announcements re the Java System. (Moderated) comp.lang.java.beans Java software components (JavaBeans). comp.lang.java.corba Topics relating to Java and CORBA. comp.lang.java.databases Databases, java.sql, JDBC, ODBC. comp.lang.java.gui GUI toolkits and windowing: AWT, IFC etc. comp.lang.java.help Set-up problems, catch-all first aid. comp.lang.java.machine JVM, native methods, hardware. comp.lang.java.programmer Programming in the Java language. comp.lang.java.security Security issues raised by Java. comp.lang.java.softwaretools IDEs, browsers, compilers, other tools.Servers carrying any other
comp.lang.java.*groups are probably ignoring RMGROUP requests. I strongly recommend that you stick to the semi-official (which is as official as Usenet gets) groups. See ftp://ftp.isc.org/pub/usenet/CONFIG/ for an up-to-date list.
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