Thursday, June 08, 2006

Back to Exquisitus

Back in November, I blogged about how we removed the password protection from the web-based News Portal at I wanted to make it easier for everyone to read and participate on the newsgroups. Well, the password is back. Actually, I'm surprised we managed to allow wide-open, passwordless, authenticationless and image-verificationless write access to our newsgroups for so long without getting bombarded with SPAM.

The eclipse.dsdp.mtj and eclipse.newcomers groups got heavily spammed this week, so we had no real choice but to re-implement it. For those of you using the Portal because your firewall doesn't allow you to use the NNTP server directly, have you tried connecting to directly on port 80?


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