Well, if it's not on your server there is nothing to do, other than
switch servers or go to Deja News (or complain to your provider).
Are you running Internet Explorer 4? If so, there is an option to
"reset newsgroup". This downloads everything your server has. I think this
should work for every problem and should show you whether, in fact, the
messages are on your server or if your "settings" missed them. (Get to
these by right-clicking on the newsgroup name and choosing "properties" from
the pop-up menu... The "Local Files" tab has some nice goodies.)
If you are running an older version, or another reader, you could
probably accomplish the same thing by simply "unsubscribe" to this
newsgroup, "delete local files" and then "resubscribe". (Deleting may be
automatic on some readers.)
I can't support *every* package so I can't promise these will work, but
if your reader is logical it should. :)
As for the options I mentioned (on the Options/Read tab), I prefer:
"Post Immediately" = checked = self explanatory
"Mark all messages as read when exiting newsgroup" = UNchecked =
remember what I've read.
"Download XX messages at a time" = UNchecked = download ALL new ones.
(Defaults to 300 messages so probably won't make you miss any, here, unless
it's been a while since you've read it.)
On the Options/Advanced tab I prefer to UNcheck the "delete messages XX
days after downloading". Then *I* decide when to delete them (usually when
I need disk space;).
The "View menu/Current view" allows you to choose whether you're looking
at all messages or new ones. I often turn on "all" to go back and see what
someone else posted.
If you have a specific question I can give more specific answers.... (I
usually say the more specific the better. :) I am still learning some of
this stuff, too.
Oh, if anyone catches a mistake, please post! ;)
Hope this helps,
>Soooooooooooooo-----how do we fix it Leland. I had to come to Deja news
>to see this post it wasn't on my server which is through Internet
>Explorer. What is the best setting for the options? Is there a generic
>disctiption that would serve all of us well? Thanks Rose Howard
>> Wait a sec... (this sounds almost like a programming question and I
>> promised to answer those if they came up: at least I learned "tjanting"
>> "kistka" ... even if "tjintling" is not correct and who really cares
>> "drizzling" anyway?:)
>> What do you all use as a news reader? This Outlook Express (&/or
>> Mail before it) have an option to "mark all messages as read when exiting
>> newsgroup" which is ON by default! (Boo-hiss!) Also, there are options
>> "expire after X days", "post immediately" and "check for new messages
>> X minutes".
>> All of these could affect what you all are describing! Heck, you might
>> download your own post, switch to another group, come back and see "0
>> unread" and think your server messed up. Not to mention the fact you can
>> tell it to display only unread messages.
>> I concur that not all news-servers get all the posts all the time.
>> many do post the message just as quickly as they can. The server I'm
>> seems to send them out almost immediately.
>> Look for your Options and make sure they're what you want! If you don't
>> understand, just post back here and we'll all figure this out together...
>> deal? :) (I can't promise to support *everyone* but I can give it a
>> Maybe it will help make up for my more cantankerous postings: which I'm
>> still regretting!)
>> Leland Green...
>> Artist and Programmer at large
>> (Figure out the email address modification if you want to email me;)