I cannot use the news:// URL to subscribe to a new news server. All sorts of bizarre things happen. If I type in news://news.ecomstation.nl, it asks me if I want to subscribe to the "news.ecomstation.nl" newsgroup, not realizing that news.ecomstation.nl is a server. Sometimes it asks me if I want to subsribe to "s.ecomstation.nl" or some other screwed up variation. I think the ability to click on a news:// URL and read the newsgroup, even if it's not one you've subscribed to, is very important. A confirmation dialog asking you if you want to subscribe to that news server is okay. To keep the UI simple, Mozilla should just fill in the Acount information based on the default news server, if it exists.
I don't know what the correct behavior is supposed to be, but i see the same behavior on Linux. Change platform to "all"?
This is what I think it should do: when you click on a news URL like news://news.ecomstation.nl/ecomstation.support.install, it should do the following: 1. Ask you if you want to add news.ecomstation.nl to your list of news servers. If you say yes, it will create a new news account pointing to news.ecomstation.nl. It will fill in some defaults for you, like your name and email address, or maybe it will ask you. 2. Once that's done, it will ask you if you want to subscribe to the newsgroup ecomstation.support.install. If you say yes, then it will add that newsgroup to your news.ecomstation.nl account, and then open it and show all the messages. Currently, Mozilla does most of this. However, when it tries to add the news.ecomstation.nl account, besides asking you for your name and email address (which it should pre-fill from the default), it then asks you for the news server! It already knows what the server is. After all this, it asks you if you want to subscribe to ecomstation.support.install, giving you two choices: Ok or Cancel. But it doesn't matter what you select, because you'll be subsribed to ecomstation.support.install anyway! So basically, there are three bugs: 1. Mozilla doesn't pre-fill the name/email with the defaults when creating a new news account from an autosubscribe 2. Mozilla doesn't remember what the news server was, and so it asks you, forcing you to type in what you just clicked on. 3. At the end, Mozilla subscribes you to the newsgroup even after you tell it you've changed your mind.
OS: Windows 2000 → All
Hardware: PC → All
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 68302 ***
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 16 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
Status: RESOLVED → VERIFIED
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