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A post or post (of English. To post , send [by mail] ', to announce [by notice]') is a single post on a social media platform, in a Web forum or a blog . A sequence of postings that relate to one another and are organized hierarchically in the form of discussion contributions are referred to as a thread .

Originally, messages within a newsgroup on Usenet were referred to as postings.

Usenet postings

The terms posting and article are used synonymously in Usenet . A post is written in a similar way to an e-mail that can be accessed by several users at the same time. Someone is posting a message and anyone can read that message and reply to it.

The internal structure is also similar to that of an e-mail, i.e. it starts with a header that is separated from the content by a blank line. Each header line begins with a standardized keyword, followed by a colon, space and parameters, whereby such an entry can be broken into several lines, the following lines then begin with spaces or tabs. The whole article ends with two consecutive periods as the only character on a line. The most important keywords mean:

  • Message ID : an identifier that no other Usenet article has (similar to e-mail). Because you can alsopostso-called follow - ups (replies; replies), the order (separated by square brackets) shows the numbers of all related messages in the descending order of the thread .
  • Subject: the subject line written by the author (just like for e-mail).
  • Newsgroups: Names of the newsgroups in which the article should appear. If there are several newsgroups ( crossposting ), these are separated by commas and no spaces .
  • From: E-mail address and name of the author (same as with e-mail, same syntax). Example: My name <> ; the term in front of the address is displayed in a browser , the rest is only used to contact the author with an e-mail software. There is also the (now less common) spelling (my name) .
  • Reply-To: Actually the same as From , but here you have the option of entering a different address to which replies are to be addressed by e-mail.
  • Path: List of news servers that forwarded the posting with ! Cut. Approximately corresponds to the many Received: headers in e-mails. Can only be partially falsified by the sender because every forwarding news server registers itself there.
  • NNTP-Posting-Host: host name or IP address of the computer that has fed the post in a news server. Usually not falsifiable by the sender because common news servers reject postings with such an entry and instead insert this entry themselves.
  • Organization: May be replaced by an advertising slogan from the company you are posting about, but your own entry has priority.
  • X-No-Archive : yes With this, an article author asks not toincludethe article in an archive such as Google Groups or Deja News .
  • References: If the posting is written as a response to an existing posting, the message ID (see above) of this previous posting and, if applicable, the entire chain of previous postings is entered here.
  • Followup-To: Newsgroups to which replies should be redirected. It is common to have a group so that the discussion can continue at one point. Another valid value is poster , which indicates that the discussion should be continued by emailing the author. It is polite to refer to this header again in the text so that no one overlooks where a response is being sent.

Many news readers hide the header when you read a post and do not allow you to edit it directly when you write a post, so that it is not visible to the user, like the published headers that will be published in any case. The headers are used by the servers to better assign messages. Most of the time it is said that the headers are actually of no interest to the user, but that doesn't always have to be the case.

As with an e-mail, the actual content is in the body of the message. As with emails, binary content can also be inserted in the form of MIME attachments.

A posting - again like an email - is usually signed with a so-called signature . Particularly in the more text-oriented Usenet, care is taken that rules such as the maximum length of four lines for the signature are adhered to.

See also

Web links

Wiktionary: Posting  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Entry “post” in the Pons online dictionary