If you happen to use sabNZBD, you might want to check out the new version, 0.7.19. It has some vastly improved feedback mechanisms that should make it a lot easier for people to avoid downloading spam and to utilize feedback more effectively to help them get the highest quality binaries possible.
The enhancements have two particular things that may be very appealing to frequent USENET users. They allow you to either pausea download or abort it all together based on whether or not the binary has a password. You can pause or abort downloads based on a reported password, a confirmed password or, if the password really isn’t the issue, whether it has already been reported or confirmed as spam.
If you’re tired of ending up with useless binaries, these two features may just make 0.7.19 a breath of fresh air.
There are other filters you can use to abort or pause a download, and they’re quite precise and should appeal to people who are true aficionados of high quality binaries of video or audio content. You can set the audio score or video score variable yourself and, if the binary or downloading fails to meet those marks of quality, sabNZBD will abort or pause the download for you, allowing you to avoid getting a binary you don’t even want.
You can even set it up so that it pauses or reports based on a file having more thumbs down than thumbs up.
As one last, and very useful, enhancement, you can abort or pause downloads based on their being certain keywords in the release title. If you’ve been consistently irritated by a very active spammer, this is a great way to make certain that you don’t end up downloading any more of their binaries. Just isolate the keywords that show up in all of their binaries and you can avoid them altogether.
Configuring the new options is easy, it’s done from the Config>Switches menu and involves checkboxes and drop-down menus, which is about as simple as it can get.
Because sabNZBD is such a popular downloader, it’s likely that a lot of people will find a great deal of use for these new features. Being able to avoid unwanted files – whether it’s because they’re spam or just low-quality – is really an enhancement to USENET and can help you to avoid some of the most frequent nuisances on the system, not to mention the spammers who keep generating those nuisances.