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I'm trying to read comp.lang.javascript. The group seems to be active with decent content, but there is so much spam in there.

Currently I'm reading it via Google Groups (http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.javascript/topics).

Is there a way to read this group without the spam?

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I don't know really know Usenet reader programs which have an anti-spam feature. What I can recommend you, though, is to give an eye to Stack Overflow, on the "javascript" tag. It is not an answer directly to your question, but it can be a good source of knowledge and support for you, without spam (or when there is, it is quickly deleted). –  Gnoupi May 14 '10 at 15:21
    
@gnoupi: if you're using an offline reader i wonder if you could hook it up to, say, SpamAssassin, or another external spam filter. seems the Unix-ish readers might support that. –  quack quixote May 14 '10 at 17:21

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You may need to use an actual news reader. The one I'm currently using is Xnews, and it's working well in Windows 7, despite its relative age. Having a news reader greatly reduces the spam, and you can still use its killfilter if you need to.

Some information regarding free Usenet servers may be found here.

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I had this thought as well. I installed tin (tin.org), but it doesn't seem to filter spam by default. I'm trying to find out if I can get tin to filter it. Do any of those free servers do the filtering server-side? –  achristi May 14 '10 at 15:40
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I'm using news.aioe.org currently, and about 80-90% of the spam in both rec.arts.int-fiction and rec.games.int-fiction in Google Groups are gone. There's still the occasional spam, but I use the killfilter for that. –  Isxek May 14 '10 at 15:59
    
OK using news.aioe.org + kill filter seems to be the best solution so far. Thanks! –  achristi May 14 '10 at 16:40
    
@Isxek Link down.. –  Pacerier Jul 4 '12 at 12:00
    
@Pacerier: Just checked, it's not. –  Isxek Jul 5 '12 at 5:59

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