Are there any other dinosaurs like me who access usenet news groups via the usenet.plus.net server?
For some reason my newsreader (Thunderbird) has just today started asking me for a username/password for the server. These were never needed before; I thought all Plusnet ip addresses were accepted by the upstream (Giganews ?) server without needing authentication.
Either way, it won't accept my "normal" Plusnet credentials.
I've raised a support ticket, I suggest everyone else does too, as it will only numbers of complains which have any chance of getting this fixed.
The raise a ticket page took some finding, try logging in to plus.net and follow:-
Help -> Contact us -> Make a complaint -> raise and online ticket
The link for me is https://www.plus.net/wizard/?p=wizard&page=22909&wizard_id=38
Same problem here:-
~$ telnet news.plus.net 119 Trying 188.8.131.52... Connected to europe.isp.giganews.com. Escape character is '^]'. 200 News.GigaNews.Com group plusnet.service.customer-feedback 480 authentication required
I've raised a support ticket with Giganews (ref: #4684139).
Plusnet Product Team
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I am not sure if I am going over my sisters later today, but I probably will and I'll try it out.
Wondering if it some GeoIP thing?
I am currently at home on my Branson Media connection, but I don't suppose there is much I can do at the moment as I assume your servers won't like a non PlusNet IP?
11-01-2022 9:01 AM - edited 11-01-2022 9:01 AM
AFAIK you cannot connect to Plusnet Usenet from a non-Plusnet network.
BTW it's happening to me too and, yes, I am a (proud) dinosaur still accessing Usenet...
Mine did that yesterday - however shutting down Thunderbird, waiting 5 mins and then restarting Thunderbird saw everything back to normal.
Not tried it yet today (isolating with the C word...... )