Power Usenet Newsgroup Service

What is an Article?

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An article is a message or post made to a Usenet Newsgroup. Similar to email messages or forum posts, an article is used to discuss and share information in Usenet Newsgroups.

Articles contain a header with "to" and "from" fields, a subject line and the main body of the message. Newsgroup articles are similar to email messages, except that instead of these messages being addressed to you specifically, they are addressed to the newsgroup it resides in; a public forum for discussion. Articles can be either text articles or binary attachments which can be used to share information.

Retention

Retention is the term describing the length of time a Usenet Server keeps articles on their servers. A newsgroup server with poor retention will often only keep articles for a few weeks or even days. When choosing a Usenet Provider, make sure you choose a provider with the highest retention possible, allowing you to find discussions on what you are looking for more easily.

There are two types of retention; text and binary. Text retention refers to the length of time text articles are stored on a Usenet Provider's server before being deleted. Binary retention refers to the length of time binary articles are stored on a Usenet Provider's server before being deleted.

Typically, a Usenet Provider will have higher retention for text than binary, simply because it is easier to store large amounts of text files than it is for binary files.

Completion

Completion is the Usenet term describing the ratio for the number of articles that are supposed to be on a news server to the number of articles that are actually on a particular news server. Imagine after checking your email, you notice that there are 10 messages in your inbox. Out of the 10 email messages, 2 messages are highlighted red, and you can't read these messages. Your news server recognizes the headers for these missing articles, but doesn't have the complete message. This is an oversimplified example of an 80% Completion Rate. What does this mean? It means that you should always try and choose a Usenet Newsgroups Provider with the highest completion rate possible.

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