"News" is a two part issue. First, there is a news *server* that
contains most or all of the newsgroups on Usenet. Often your ISP has a
news server as a convenience to its users. Other times you can subscribe
to a separate news server. Second, is the news *reader* program on your
own computer. From what I can tell, X-News is a news reader program, no?
Length of time messages stay "on" is usually a setting that is put on
the news server itself and not something you can change. Depending on
the amount of storage they have and the number of newsgroups they serve,
they may not be able to keep messages more than a few days or weeks.
They should have a "help" or "FAQ" section where you can find out what
their defaults are. If they default to a time too short for you, you
could switch to another news server.
That said, there may also be a setting on the news reader and if there
is, there should be a "help" or perhaps "tools", "options" or
"preferences" menu you can poke around in.
Individual.net(www.individual.net) is the news *server* I use (it does
cost a little bit each year). The news *reader* I use is Mozilla
Anne in CA
annerudolph AT comcast DOT net
Disclaimer: Any errors in spelling, fact, or tact are transmission errors.
> if so, can someone help.
> I don't know where i can change the amount of time messages are held. For
> example, I can't always read ever message at each time I read the group. So
> I leave some for later. But, if I wait "too long" (I don't know how long
> too long it) I end up with an error "That message is no longer available".
> I hope that makes sense.
> Does anyone know how I can change this setting?
> Thank you!