I have been trying the ClearspaceX newsgroup gateway for some time. In general, it's functional under certain condition but doesn't seem to be usable for my case.
1. The main problem for my case is that people post messages to my newsgroup in two different encoding, either utf-8 or big5 (traditional chinese). From my test, it seems if the Clearspacex encoding is set to utf-8, than all big5 newsgroup messages cannot be displayed, and vice versa. (i haven't checked in details. the messages should be able imported, but just not displayed)
Well, it should not be a problem with clearspacex gateway. but this problem basically make the newsgroup import unusable.
2. for newsgroup user name that ain't from clearspacex, they are all displayed as guest. I would prefer the original name be used, and with an indicator that they are a guest/non-registered user/"from newsgroup".
btw, I would like to have an option to display or mask imported user name. And it's desirable for the gateway to automatically scan the message content for user names used in the thread.
3. Line break: content of newsgroup messages are broken to 80 column per line. Sometimes, in reply message, the line will look this:
i.e. the original line is 80, and when the reply prefix is added to it, the line is longer than 80 characters and an line break is added to it.
Jive discussion board interpret the new line as "inline reply" and the message is displayed oddly.
Once again, this is a problem, but I don't meant the newsgroup gateway has any bug.
4. It seems for HTML message, sometimes the content are turned to link like the following:
as the link ain't valid, it's preferable not to display the content like this. I remember there is an option
5. For imported message, it doesn't sort by post time. I'm not sure what is the current sorting criteria. It is odd because in the what's new, it show the post time, but a message that is posted one month ago could be newer than a message posted 3 mins ago
Besides, I would like to ask if the Jive forum uses the same gateway, or another (better) implementation. If it's a different one, I may want to try that as well.
Message was edited by: mingfai