Unless you've specified that it be placed elsewhere, your slrn Score file is probably in the News subdirectory of your home directory. This is regarding Linux installations; there is also a slrn port for Windows, and its location there will have to be determined with your file manager's file find utility. The Xnews
score.ini file will be found in your Xnews directory. Pan allows you to use any file you choose as your score file and place it wherever you wish. Here at the UIP, slrn and Pan share the same score file; this illustrates one of the advantages of applications using nonproprietary formats for data storage.
For Pan and slrn, use this filter:
[*] Score:: =-9999 Message-ID: googlegroups Message-ID: webtv
For Xnews, the only difference is the way "all groups" is specified in the first line:
[.] Score:: =-9999 Message-ID: googlegroups Message-ID: webtv
Oops! How did "webtv" get in there? Well, it certainly wasn't an accident. Heh. If you want to have some fun
with WebTV-heads plug this header into your news client:
X-WebTV-Stationery: Standard; BGColor=red; TextColor=red
instead of filtering them; then go ahead and reply to them.
Okay, back to the filters. For this simple rule, Xnews' scoring syntax is the same as slrn's and Pan's, except for that first line and the default case sensitivity, but they don't come into play with these simple rules.
The first line in the filter rule tells slrn/Pan/Xnews to apply this rule to all groups. The asterisk or dot is a wild card. If you for some inconceivable reason wanted only to apply this Google Grouper rule to alt.even.worse.infestation.of.google-groupers you would put that group's name between the brackets. Note that for Xnews you'd also put a backslash before each of the dots in the group name - see the
scoring.txt file Xnews provides in its main directory.
The next line tells slrn/Pan/Xnews to assign a score of -9999 to any posts that trigger the subsequent condition
[s]. By default, slrn/Pan/Xnews hide from view posts scored -9999. The two colons after
Score mean "or", so the rule will be triggered independently by both Google Groupers and WebTVers.
The first condition is obviously triggered by Google Groupers -- remember the distinctive
googlegroups in their MIDs. Mission accomplished. Save the file and enjoy an improved Usenet. If your senile Aunt Beulah uses WebTV and you don't wish to use the WebTV condition, just eliminate that line. It's just a free bonus from The Usenet Improvement Project.
Great site Blinky. Keep up the good work. I just killed 54 Google posts. The slaughter continues unabated. – James E. Morrow
I didn't think anyone could top the annual autumn spewage when college classes resumed--then along came the AOL/WebTV crowd. They're now morphing into GoogleGropers, like some biblical sequence of plagues. – Harold Stevens
I've finally had to join the Usenet Improvement Project, it took me a very long time to do so but I finally became convinced yesterday. I've been analyzing posts from GG and have to agree the percent that contain useful info is way too small to worry about. – XS11E
From my own informal sampling, the trash from Google _far_ outweighs the treasure and I'll gladly accept a few losses. – John McGaw
An ungodly large number of numbskulls use google groups and think they're posting to "Google Groups" when they're posting to USENET. – Magus
I finally gave up and I'm blocking google groups posters. Ever since I dropped Google Groups, the world has become a better place. – Evan Platt