The New User Reference Index,
Margaret C. Douma
Andrew D. Wright
Last revised: October 1999
Newsgroups are like bulletin boards, where people with common interests can
post messages, ask and answer questions, and generally share information.
For an introduction to newsgroups and usenet, try these:
Introduction to News and Newsreaders
Introduction to News (Usenet)
At Chebucto Community Net, there are two ways to access newsgroups. One way
is through Pine, the same program that handles your email.
Information about using Pine to read newsgroups:
The Pine Newsreader
Reading News with Pine
The other way is to use a program called Tin. At this time (August 1999) Tin is supported
by CCN Userhelp, but due to manpower limitations it is not being supported
by CCN-Tech, so do not ask them about it.
To access the newsgroups using Tin, type: gtin
The Beacon Full Sail
column on Tin
(where it is referred to as beta-tin)
Introduction to Tin
The CCN User Guide section on
Tin (Usenet Newsgroups) has good tips to remember when posting, as well as an outline of how to use Tin.
The CCN Internet Guide and Tutorial has a section on
There is also plenty of help to be found on specific problems with Newsgroups:
Yanking in Newsgroups
News Posting Errors
Restarting Dead Newsgroups
are all very similar.
Subscribing to Newsgroups
Cancelling News Postings