This field displays the newsgroup title you are
posting a message to. In this example, the
messsage is being posted to the "alt.binaries.pictures.animals"
If you are posting a new message, this field will
appear blank, leaving you room to type a title for
your message. In this example, the message title
is "Here's the tiger photo". In the event that you are
replying to an existing message within a
newsgroup, this field will be prefilled with the
title of the original message you are replying to.
This field will also appear blank, and you would
use this area to type a nickname, real name, email address, or any combination of the
the above. In this example, both a name (Sharon Smith)
and an email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) were typed
into the "From" field.
/ E-Mail: In some instances you
may want to post your message to a newsgroup, and
send a copy of the message to someone by email.
Simply type an email address into this field, and
when the message is posted to the newsgroup, a
copy will also be sent to the email address that
There are a variety of multimedia newsgroups that
feature photos, videos, music clips, and more. If
you wanted to post one of those files to an
appropriate newsgroup, simply click on the
"Browse" button to view the file
directories on your local system, and once you've
located the file, you would simply "attach" it your post. In
this example, a photo file (tiger.jpg) was
attached to the post.
If you do not want your newsgroup messages stored
within a Usenet search engine or archive site, you
would checkmark this option box prior to posting
Once you've typed your message, and have filled in the header details (Subject, From, etc.), you
would click this toolbar icon to post the message
to a newsgroup.
(tm): This feature will send you an email
notification when someone has replied to a message
that you've posted to the newsgroups. This is a
great feature for anyone that wants to keep track
of interesting newsgroup discussions, without
having to monitor a newsgroup on a routine basis.
To use this feature, simply prepare your newsgroup
message, click "ReplyTrac (tm)" to
select your tracking and notification settings,
and click "Send Message" to post your
newsgroup message. After you've selected the
"ReplyTrac (tm)" option, you may edit
or remove those settings from your "Direct
Read News Preferences".
After you've typed your message, you can click on
this toolbar icon to check the spelling within
your message. A pop-up window will display a copy
of your message, and a "question mark"
will appear next to any word with a questionable
spelling. If the "question mark" is
clicked, a list of alternate spellings will
appear, and you may choose to substitute
another word at that time, or stick with your original spelling. When you've made all
your spelling changes, click the
"Done" button, and your original message
will automatically update itself with the new
spelling changes in place.
This toolbar icon lets you establish a number of
personal preferences or settings within the
posting area. As an example, you can preset the
information within many of the header fields
(Name, Email Address, etc.), and you can create a
"signature" that will be added to the
end of messages that you post to the newsgroups.
In this example, a signature was created to
display a name (Sharon Smith / Wildlife
Photography) as well as a personal site address