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NewsDemon Newsgroups Charters

September 4th, 2019

There are a ton of specialty newsgroups available on Usenet. Ranging from Animals to Video Games, there is a discussion group for practically anything. How do these newsgroups get created? How does it get displayed?

Newsgroup Charters

A detailed statement is explained to USENET provider on what the group will be about and the general guidelines for the newsgroup members.  After it’s submitted and approved, they may create an FAQ regularly.  Both the FAQ and Charter would be posted to the newsgroup after creation so that new members (and old) are able to know about what the group is about.

NewsDemon has long kept a Charter Archive of the many newsgroups. Here, you can select by directory and find what you’re looking for by category and drilling down from there.

 


 

By example:

 


 

That’s it! Looking for a charter in particular you’re having trouble finding? Want us to add a charter in particular? Contact us at [email protected] and we’ll be glad to help.

Newsdemon Newsgroups is proud to be a hub for many of the newsgroup charters available on the web, helping the newsgroup community through our knowledgebase.

 

NewsDemon Usenet Black Friday 2017 Deals

November 23rd, 2017

Here are the NewsDemon Black Friday deals for 9am ET:

Unlimited + VPN for $3/month
Unlimited + VPN for $30/Year
4TB non-expiring block + VPN (3 free months) for $40
https://www.newsdemon.com/black-friday-usenet-2017.php

We will be changing the prices at approximately 10am ET.

 

Black Friday 2017!

November 20th, 2017

UPDATE: Black Friday deals will be going live on Thursday at 9AM ET!

Its that time of year again! We will be posting Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials soon!

You will be able to find our specials here: https://www.newsdemon.com/black-friday-usenet-2017.php

We may change the specials as the day goes along, depending on how things are going. We have some other plans we may offer… ;-)

We have already been getting some questions regarding price matching for this weekend. The answer is YES! We will be price matching our competitor’s specials for this weekend! Keep in mind that our price match system is a 100% manual process. I have no idea what other providers will be offering and whether or not it will be better than what we are going to offer, but if there is something better out there, we will match it…as long as you send it in while the offer is still live and verifiable on the competitor’s website. If you are concerned about it still being there by the time we get to your email, take a screenshot.

We will answer all the price match emails in the order we get them, so please be patient.

Also, we have had people ask if we price match services which sell accounts with lesser retention (say 1000 days or so). Yes we do. Doesn’t matter to us if they have 1000 days or 3000 days. As long as the service is GENERALLY the same. We are not going to be like some big box stores that make sure its the EXACT same thing in the exact same box. That is annoying.

Greg

 

Black Friday is coming!

October 24th, 2017

We are looking for your input for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!

Normally we offer five really great timed deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday but each only runs for an hour each day. This year we are thinking about just running two specials all-day-long on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Anyone have any suggestions? Looking for something creative to help bring new users to the platform and help expand the usenet community.

If you submit a creative suggestion that we use I will give you a free year of usenet access for free!

 

Billing issues from last 48 hours

September 12th, 2017

Sept 15 Update: This issue should be resolved!

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Sept 13 Update: Here is the latest we have received from our credit card processor.

“The transactions were never captured, only authorized. Your cardholders may see the authorizations on their online banking portal. This isn’t ideal, so we are working to reverse the authorizations.

These timeout errors are a serious issue to us, we have been fine tuning our back-end servers to resolve these errors. We will provide an update and a post mortem later today.”

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Sept 12: We have had several customers impacted by a gateway issue with our credit card processor. Apparently the card is being charged properly but the gateway is telling our system that the transaction failed. In our system it will show up as a ‘failed transaction’ even though the funds were taken by the gateway from the customer card. We have raised the issue to our gateway provider and they are working to resolve. If you have had an issue like this, please contact support. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Greg

 

Hurricane Irma – Potential Impact

September 8th, 2017

Hurricane Irma is rapidly approaching the Florida coastline. Most of our staff live in Florida. We would like our customers to know that we will still be handling support tickets as quickly as possible, but that some tickets may go unanswered for longer than normal. Please bear with us as our employees/friends/family get to safe areas and hopefully avoid the hurricane.

We DO NOT anticipate and NNTP service interruptions related to the hurricane.

Thanks,

Greg

 

Unlimited Account Usage Thresholds?

August 26th, 2017

We sometimes get customers who receive “over quota” messages even though they are subscribed to an unlimited account. When we setup unlimited accounts, our back end software requires us to create a specific quota for every account. There is no way for us to get around this limitation. We currently make this number a very large number of Terabytes so the vast majority of our unlimited users will never encounter this issue. Occasionally, some of our users do legitimately reach this threshold. If this happens to you, please contact support and we will gladly reset your quota.

Why does NewsDemon not just set this initial unlimited account quota to some impossibly large number?  Like a billion Terabytes?

1) Some users share accounts with friends via login sharing or sophisticated proxies.  This is against our Terms of Service.  Our unlimited accounts are sold for individual users though we do allow sharing on block accounts and metered accounts.

2) We have had competitors sign up for unlimited accounts at discount pricing.  These competitors then use their own proxies (or other methods) to either feed their own spools or feed dozens of their own paying customers from our servers.   This allows competitors to generate revenue for themselves while billing their customers’ usage to NewsDemon.  For example, we once had an unnamed competitor sign up for ten accounts on Black Friday at $5 each.  This competitor then connected each of these accounts to a proxy and served their own customers from those accounts, using enough transit to potentially cost this competitor over $2000 if they paid for it, but they only paid us $50.  We verified our suspicions and terminated the accounts.  This competitor then went out on social media and spread negative comments (and continues to do so) that NewsDemon unlimited accounts are not unlimited.

What is the initial threshold value?  We do not disclose this value because it would make it easier for anyone looking to abuse the system.  It rises frequently as customer demand increases.

We understand not all of our customers will like this policy.  The reality is, a few bad customers sometimes ruin things for everyone.  But in this particular case, the bad customers have only ruined things for a very few people.  Looking at the server stats as of today, there have only been four users who have reached this unlimited threshold this month.  All four of those users were legit users who just needed to be reset, which we did, and they continued their usage.

We sell commercial accounts if anyone is looking to share unlimited accounts with friends, family, or are looking to start their own reseller.

 

NewsDemon Site/Service Update

July 16th, 2017

I would like to thank all our loyal customers for helping make NewsDemon one of the best Usenet communities on the planet! I have decided to give a status report on where our service stands currently:

The Good:
 

  • 1)  Our actual server farms are running very smoothly. We have not had a service interruption of any kind in over five years, and that outage was because of a fiber cut.
  • 2)  We continue to increase our retention daily.
  • 3)  We are currently developing a new website interface for both our web portal and the members area of our site designed to modernize the site and user experience.  ETA sometime before year end.
  • 4)  We will soon be adding some new payment options!
  • 5)  We continue to provide a FREE VPN account with every recurring account.
  • 6)  Users will have a better interface to upgrade/downgrade their accounts, add blocks, add multiple blocks at once, a better vacation pause feature, easier addition of backup payment options, etc.  If anyone has some requests for feature adds, please comment on this blog post!
  • 7)  We continue to be the only provider to give special discounts to military and students.
  • 8)  We continue to be the only provider to offer free accounts to journalists/media and to educators.
  • 9) We are adding a Price Match policy.

Known Issues:
 

  • 1)  Some of our users are not receiving emails from NewsDemon if they are using Microsoft/Live/Outlook/MSN/Hotmail accounts.  We are working on the issue.  No firm ETA.  In the meantime, please use an alternative email address for signing up and support tickets.  If you do not have one, please send support tickets to newsdemon (at) gmail.com as a LAST RESORT.
  • 2)  We have been made aware of some customers being billed multiple times in a month.  This is a legacy code issue with our older website code and we are going to eliminate this issue with the new site design/architecture.  Please be assured that anyone who is billed in error can receive a full refund.
  • 3)  We have also been made aware that some users have NOT been billed in months and they should have.  Again, this will be solved in the new site architecture.  We will not be going back to “catch up” on your billing.  We thank those of you who have been forthcoming!
  • 4)  The signup/join process is not showing updated pricing once a coupon has been accepted.  This should be resolved soon.
  • 5)  Some users have complained about their transaction not being accepted.  This is a fraud monitoring issue and we will have to work continuously to adjust and tweak our fraud prevention system to help eliminate some of this.  Unfortunately, I can not see this ever totally going away based on the nature of how fraud monitoring for credit cards works.

I would like to finish up by saying that I really appreciate all the support you have given us over the years.  I started the company to provide a quality Usenet service at an affordable price and I think we have done that for sixteen years!  I stepped away from management of the company for a few years and the Usenet industry changed and my team did not adjust and change with it. Unfortunately things did not run as smoothly as our customers expect and deserve.  I apologize and promise that will never happen again.  Satisfying our customers is the #1 goal.
 
Thank you for sticking with us!
 

G. Lyda
President
 
 
 

 

NewsDemon TV Giveaway

February 4th, 2017

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At NewsDemon, we LIKE TV.  We like it A LOT!

And we think you do, too.  Especially at SuperBowl time… right?   And if you’re in America, unless you have tickets to watch the game at NRG Stadium in Houston,you’re likely going to be watching the Fox  telecast of the game… (if outside the USA you may need SlickVPN to watch, but that’s another story)  so wouldn’t it be nice to do that watching on a BRAND NEW TV?

Anyone can do it.  Anyone can enter.  And anyone can WIN one of the three following prizes:

  • A Brand New LED TV (description needed)
  • A NVIDIA Shield TV, the smart TV that controls your smart home
  • Apple TV, the future of television

How to Enter

In order to enter our  Giveaway, fill out our contest entry form here:

CONTEST ENTRY FORM

ALL ENTRIES RECEIVE A FREE MONTH OF SLICKVPN CORE SERVICE

Promotion Dates

Contest entries will be collected and counted from now until 11:59 PM EDT DATE AND TME.

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Winner Notification

Each winner will be chosen at random from valid entries, and we’ll contact the winner through the email used on the Contest Entry Form

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

NewsDemon is America’s #1 Premium USENET service provider, and we think you’ll like it just as much as you like TV!

If you are considering a USENET newsgroup provider, or if you want a better Usenet service to join, now is a great time.

NewsDemon has been growing so much because its users love the large number of Newsgroups available (currently over 107,000), being able to access both from the United States and European Union server locations, the super-fast connections, AND the fact that NewsDemon.com does NOT limit or throttle speeds in ANY way to ANY customer.

You get:

  • Access to anything posted to Usenet in the last 2967 days— more than 8 years of data!
  • 99.9% completion r
    ates
  • A secure 256 bit SSL connection in the US and EU
  • Over 107,000 Newsgroups!
  • Unlimited Speed!
  • Unlimited access.
  • No restrictions whatsoever—get what you want, as much as you want
  • 24/7 Support

 

NewsDemon wants to be the largest USENET service provider in the world.  So come along for the ride… and make sure to enter to win one of the three great TV prizes, just in time for SuperBowl LI.

 

Cyber Monday Deals Are Here!

November 28th, 2016

With the tremendous success we had with our Black Friday specials, we’re bringing them back for Cyber Monday!

Save big, with new deals being posted every hour. Hurry, as the deals are already underway

CYBER MONDAY DEALS