Online Member Forums Technical Instructions

Here's a step-by-step instruction manual for accessing the ASP Newsgroups. See you there.


vBulletin (ASP web interface):
Using vBulletin is as easy as pointing your web browser to and entering your ASP member number and password. If you have a public email address (optional) registered with that email address will show up in in you automatically generated sig (signature at bottom of posting). If you do not have a public email address,
  1. Login to vBulletin
  2. Click on User CP near top left
  3. Click on Edit Email and fill in an ASP internal newsgroup email address.
  4. Do not worry if some functions under the User CP and elsewhere are disabled. This is intentional so that the newsreader and vBulletin experiences are as identical as possible.
Generic Instructions:
  1. You will need an ASP member number and password to access ASP internal newsgroups. The only exception is the public newsgroup asp.pad_support, which is public and does not require login. If you are not a member Join Now.
  2. The server would want to connect to if you are an ASP member is All the newsgroups are there. If you want only the public asp.pad_support group, use server
  3. You will need to choose which newsgroups you want to subscribe to once you are connected to the server.
Windows Live Mail (Windows Vista and later)
  1. Choose "Accounts/Newsgroup" from the menu bar.
  2. When prompted, enter your real name and email address.
  3. In the NNTP Server dialog, enter "" for the server name, and check the "My news server requires me to log on".
  4. In the following dialog, enter your ASP email and password.
Windows Mail (Windows Vista):
  1. Go to Tools, Accounts, Add
  2. Choose ‘Newsgroup Account’ and click Next.
  3. For the ‘Display Name’ enter your name as it will appear in your posts. Our newsgroup policy requires a real name; the groups are private, but not anonymous.
  4. For the e-mail address, enter a valid email address; it’s used for replying to your posts off-line.
  5. Enter "" for the server name.
  6. For the News (NNTP) server, enter ‘’, and check the box ‘My news server requires me to log on.’
  7. For the page titled ‘Internet News Server Logon’, the E-mail username field should contain your 5-digit member number, including any leading zeroes.
Outlook Express (Windows XP):
  1. Start up Outlook Express and choose "Tools"/"Accounts" from the menu bar.
  2. Select "Add", then "News" from the pull-down menus that follow.
  3. Enter your name in the dialog box. This should be your real name as opposed to an EMail address. Don't put a company name here--that can be added later. (NOTE--Express should fill this in automatically if you've set up other accounts.)
  4. Enter your EMail reply address in the space provided. (NOTE--Express should fill this in automatically if you've set up other accounts.)
  5. Enter "" for the server name.
  6. Check the "This server requires me to log on" box, and enter the account/login name and password (see above) in the next dialog box.
  7. Select a name for your newsgroup setup--the default is the server name, but you can change this to anything that you like and that will help you remember what's in there.
  8. Select the type of connection to the Internet you will use. On a properly or previously configured copy of Outlook Express this radio button will already be selected with the correct data.
  9. Click "Finish" then "Close". If this is the first time you have installed the ASP Newsgroup Server, Outlook Express will ask you if it should download the latest list of newsgroups. Go ahead--it should take just a few seconds.
  10. Select "View"/ "Layout" from the menu bar and be sure that you have turned on the "Outlook Bar" option. The Outlook Bar will appear on the left side of your window and allow you to easily select your new news server(s).
  11. Finally, right-click on the new icon in the left-side toolbar for your newsgroup setup, select "Properties" and change any of the miscellaneous information that you want to change (such as organization, etc). In these dialog boxes you can add a signature to your postings, change the quoting/ replying methods, set up a title/company name to be added to your posts, and so on--all the usual Usenet posting options can be accessed from the Properties menu once the basic information has been entered.
Thunderbird (
  1. When you first start Thunderbird, the Account Wizard starts automatically, or if you are adding the ASP news server later, go to Tools, Accounts, and click on ‘Add Account...’
  2. On the ‘Identity’ page, enter your name and email address. The ASP newsgroups are private, and require the use of a real name in your newsgroup posts. Click ‘Next’.
  3. On the ‘Server Information’ page, enter ‘’ for the ‘Newsgroup Server’ and click ‘Next’.
  4. The ‘Account Name’, on the next screen, is a label for your convenience; Thunderbird pre-fills it with the newsgroup server name. Click ‘Next’, then ‘Finish’.
  5. From the main screen of Thunderbird, right-click the news server in the left pane, choose ‘Subscribe’.
  6. At the prompt for your user name, enter your 5-digit ASP member number–it appears on the ASPects mailing label. The ‘Subscribe’ dialog remains on-screen; click on ‘Refresh’ to get the groups list; Thunderbird will ask for your password.
  7. The list of newsgroups should now show. Click the ‘+’ next to ‘asp’ to expand the list. All the groups you have access to (depending on committee memberships) will appear. Click the ‘+’ next to the groups you want to join the discussion.
  8. Finally, back in the main screen, click on a newsgroup name in the left panel. The ‘Download Headers’ message will appear. Choose how many of the recent headers to download.
Agent (
  1. Setup, in version 4.2: Choose Tools, Servers and Accounts. Click ‘New>>’ at the bottom left, and choose ‘News Server’.
  2. In Step 1, enter ‘’ for the news server. Check off ‘Login with a simple username and password.’ Enter your username–it’s your 5-digit member number. Enter the password, as above, and click Next.
  3. In Step 2, leave the priority options unchanged. Click Next, click Finish, and close the ‘Servers and Accounts’ dialog.
  4. Go to Tools, Newsgroup Directory. Click ‘Update Directory’, select the ASP’s news server, and ‘Download the complete list of all newsgroups...’ and click OK. Select the newsgroups to read, and click on ‘Add Newsgroups to Desks...’
  5. At the bottom of the ‘Add Newsgroup to Desks’ dialog, choose ‘Get the most recent __ headers’ and fill in the number. Careful–there are 70,000+ messages in asp.members as of now; downloading ‘all headers’ will take several hours on the fastest connections.
Virtual Access
  1. File / Comms Setup / Service name/ News: Enter as the server and enter login name and password.
  2. Message / Subscribe-Unsubscribe / select service name / Update: After updating, select the news service you require. By clicking Update VA will collect and subsequently list all the newsgroups in the ASP list after next connection.
Windows Mail, Thunderbird, and Agent descriptions courtesy of