Is there any solution, beside Google Groups, to read Usenet groups (and post to them) from any computer? I am looking for something that is closer to a newsreader, with scores, mark-thread-as-read, ignore-thread, etc. I would like to be able to access this service from any computer, including my iPhone.

Are there web-based newsreaders that I could install on a server at home? Or some company that offers this kind of service? I does not have to be free, although it would not hurt...


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    Off topic for Super User. Questions about web applications should be directed to webapps.stackexchange.com
    – ChrisF
    Aug 27 '10 at 13:42
  • I'll post my question there too. Thanks for the advice. Aug 27 '10 at 13:57

As for services, the servers you connect to for finding news, you can pay Super News or Giga News for access to Usenet/Alternet.

As for web clients, I think both SuperNews and GigaNews have their own web interfaces. Google Groups used to allow you to set a non-Google account up. Basically you read news through Google Groups and you post items from their interface through SuperNews or GigaNews. I haven't done Usenet in a few years so I'm not sure if it still works like this.

In addition there are several newsreaders you can install at home. Most mail clients such as Thunderbird have newsreaders built in.

I'm sorry if this is an incomplete answer but it I hope it will get you pointed in the right direction.

  • SuperNews and GigaNews seem mostly oriented toward 'high-volume' usenet users, while I'm only interested in a dozen text-only groups. And I want to avoid mail clients, because I would not be able to access it from other computers, or my iPhone. Aug 27 '10 at 14:05

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