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Ilias Lazaridis wrote:
| I've noticed a high ammount of announcements ("[ANN]") on this group.

According to a quick statistics 1.5% of all messages are announcements.
The total number I found in my archive is 650 - given a total of about
50_000 messages. Could it be that you are confusing messages with
"[ANN]" in their subject and actual announcements? If an announcement
group exists, answers are directed to some discussion group by virtue of
"Followup-To:" so most of the messages concerning announcements will
still go to comp.lang.ruby.

Using Mozilla Thunderbird it is quite easy to extract all correctly
attributed announcements:

File -> New -> Saved Search...
Name: ruby-talk-ann
[x] Match all of the following
Subject begins with [ANN]
To or cc contains ruby-talk

voil ruby-talk-ann

Unfortunately this still is not available for newsgroups although I am
running bleeding[1] edge Mozilla Thunderbird version 1.0.2 (20050317).

| Possibly it's time to create an "comp.lang.ruby.announce" usenet
| group. Is someone familar with the process of creating new usenet
| groups?

There is no 'process of creating new usenet groups'. There are different
processes depending on the hierarchy. IIRC the comp.* process quite
challenging that requires to *proof* the need.

Not very pragmatic.

[1] The 'bleeding' is no joke: This version still does not access an
IMAP server running on *localhost* when in offline-mode and is terribly
slow with my dovecot IMAP server (mutt accessing the same server is
faster by two orders of magnitude). I am considering to switch back to
Mew or migrate to Wanderlust.

Josef 'Jupp' Schugt
- --
Wie Angehörige einer Glaubensgemeinschaft, deren Gründer sich zur
Rettung der Menschheit ans Kreuz hat schlagen lassen, ernsthaft auf die
Idee kommen, Organspenden seien mit ihrem Glauben nicht vereinbar, wird
mir ein ewiges Rätsel bleiben.
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