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  • Hi,

    Can you please bring back the (retired) Outlook Express functionality which allowed user to see in a tree view the question and all answers under each question?

    I find it very tedious and time consuming to click each question to view the replies etc.

    Is there an app you can recommend?

    Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:42 PM

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  • You'll need to use the bridge in order to connect an NNTP client.

    https://github.com/JochenKalmbach/communitybridge2

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

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    Thursday, June 27, 2019 3:28 PM
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  • Tried that in the past and didn't manage to get it to work.

    I am even prepared to pay for software (!) if it works like Outlook Express used to.

    Outlook has RSS subscription but it doesn't show hierarchical view of the posts.



    • Edited by amir tohidi Thursday, June 27, 2019 3:39 PM
    Thursday, June 27, 2019 3:32 PM
  • I never used it so don't know if they're still supporting it or not. Might try asking here.

    https://github.com/JochenKalmbach/communitybridge/issues

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

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    Thursday, June 27, 2019 4:08 PM
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  • Thanks but I want something simple to set up and user friendly.

    When I last tried it, it took a lot of my time up and not only did it not work in the end, it wasted a lot of my time.

    I can't believe I am the only person who wants a simple and fast way of accessing forums posts and child replies (like Outlook Express used to provide)...

    Friday, June 28, 2019 6:30 AM
  • When they transitioned from NNTP to web forums then users developed the community bridge application. As far as I know its the only game in town for this. Many users do use it. You might try contacting someone here for help with setup.

    https://github.com/JochenKalmbach/communitybridge/issues

     edit: looks like there is now a v3 version of bridge.

    https://github.com/JochenKalmbach/communitybridge3

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees, and confers no rights.


    Friday, June 28, 2019 12:08 PM
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  • I remember when we used Outlook Express to view forum threads. They were called newsgroups then.

    I also preferred the newsgroups because it was much easier to follow threads and keep up to date. I could mark any thread as one I was following (without the need to post a reply). From then on, the thread title would appear in red. Even better, the title would be bold if there was any activity I had not yet seen. Other thread titles were black (bold if there were any replies I had not viewed). In addition, I could mark any post as one I did not care to follow. From then on the title was dim and I never had to bother with it. Now in the forums, once I view a thread it is never bold again, even though there could be many new replies I have not seen.

    We subscribed to newsgroups. When we viewed our newsgroups, if any thread in the newsgroup had new activity, the newsgroup title was bold red. Otherwise, if the newsgroup title was bold black, there was new activity we had not seen. If the newsgroup title was not bold, there was no need to even open the newsgroup. All of these features made it much easier to keep up to date in many newsgroups. I miss the functionality. I believe it was abandoned because it required that all threads in the newsgroups you subscribed to be downloaded onto your client (except any you marked as ones you were not following). Viruses took advantage of this.

    But I agree that the only alternative now is the NNTP bridge.


    Richard Mueller - MVP Enterprise Mobility (Identity and Access)

    Friday, June 28, 2019 2:01 PM
  • I am glad I am not the only one missing the old, but far more productive and user friendly, way of viewing the newsgroups.

    I will give the NNTP bridge another go and let you know how I get on.

    Monday, July 1, 2019 10:24 AM
  • FYI; (from forums admins)

    https://archive.codeplex.com/?p=communitybridge

    All the request to Forums Web Service is focused to https now. 

    So NNTP 3.x does not work as expected now,   fortunately NNTP 1.x will still work, just need to modify this file :CommunityForumsNNTPServer.exe.config

    1. update <security mode="None">  to  <security mode="Transport">

    2. update "http://services.social.microsoft.com/ForumsServicePreview/ForumsService.svc" to "https://services.social.microsoft.com/ForumsServicePreview/ForumsService.svc"

     

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees, and confers no rights.


    Wednesday, September 11, 2019 11:48 PM
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