SCORE is an undocumented and un-supported facility buried in the coding of the Turnpike Offline program which enables the marking and sorting of threads and articles in newsgroups and pseudo-newsgroups. This is in addition to the 'Interesting' and 'Not Interesting' thread classification markers already provided by Turnpike Offline.
There is a link to a model SCORE file which contains some sample action strings that should be replaced by those which meet your own requirements, and the basics of 'scoring' as a reminder.
This file will be updated and refined as and when further knowledge comes to
Minor alterations in wording to give more precise meanings. Notes added to the 'context descriptions' regarding thread subject changing mid-stream.
Added comment in :i - Ignore articles re 'Ignore' and 'Kept' for same article.
Added comments, and an additional example, for mixing 'context' letters in the same action line.
To make use of this facility, a simple text file with the name of
SCORE (no file extension) is composed based on these notes, and placed in
the \turnpike\usrxxx directory.
On multi-user versions of Turnpike it should be possible for each seat to have its own independent SCORE file in the directories \usr001, \usr002 etc., but this usage has not been tested.
Each time that the Turnpike Offline program is opened, SCORE is read, and the
syntax of each active line is checked apparently by the coding that checks any
custom rules, as the same error flash pops up should any failing be found in the
This also means that to test the effectiveness of any new action string, Turnpike Offline has to be shut down and then re-opened before the new string is activated.
Hopefully, threads and articles in both fully downloaded and browse-only newsgroups will then be marked as required when a newsgroup is opened for reading.
On not-so-fast machines, using the SCORE facility does seem to make the opening of news-stands a slower process. When testing a new action line, I have found that it can help if an empty 'trial' news-stand is set up, temporarily add the newsgroup concerned, and do the testing there.
An active, or action line in SCORE, is any line not preceded by a semi-
It is strongly recommended that all strings in the SCORE file, whether active or parked, are accompanied by remark lines (each preceded by a semi-colon ";") which explain the function of each action line.
Bear in mind that 'global' action lines not made specific to a subscribed
newsgroup will impact upon every subscribed newsgroup, and adding a new action
line to an existing SCORE file may have undesired effects on any existing
Thankfully, the effects of SCORE are not permanent. If problems are experienced, then commenting out all or some of the action lines with a semi-colon ";", or temporarily renaming the SCORE file, will restore everything to normal the next time Turnpike Offline is opened.
When 'scoring' takes place, the sorted order of any threads previously marked
with the classifications 'Interesting' or 'Not Interesting' is not altered
in an opened newsgroup. The marking of 'Interesting' and 'Not Interesting'
threads takes precedence over any 'score' markings.
As with all Regular Expressions, certain characters (meta-characters) have
special meanings and, if they have to be matched in their own right, need to
be escaped, i.e. preceded by the escape character "\".
Meta-characters are | ^ $ * + ? . \ - ( ) [ ]
As far as 'scoring' is concerned, the dot ".", meaning match
any character, may not need escaping when specifying a newsgroup as it does
match a dot "." anyway.
e.g. to match the newsgroup demon.ip.support which includes this meta-character twice, it could be written as as /demon.ip.support/g, but strictly should be written as /demon\.ip\.support/g
The hyphen (or is it a minus sign) "-", as a meta character, is used as a range specifier within square brackets and should not need escaping when it occurs outside square brackets.
To be on the safe side, it is as well to escape meta-characters if in any
doubt. The escaping of characters that do not need it is, as far as I am
aware, ignored and should cause no problems (except for visually cluttering up
There are some characters though, which when escaped, have special shorthand meanings. These are shown in the list of meta-characters at the end of this section, prior to the examples of action lines and their explanations.
See Regular Expressions in the Turnpike Offline Help file.
The context of '/text/context:action' can be:-
(If a specific context letter is not used then "s" is assumed, and matching is done on the Subject: line.)
:action of '/text/context:action' is one of:-
Actions ":s" and ":d" affect whole threads.
Actions ":i" and ":u" affect individual articles.
The /text/context phrase can be repeated, joined together by
& (and), | (or), and can be negated by !
Parentheses ( ) can also be used for grouping parts of strings.
It is also possible to mix 'contexts' in the same action line - see example 15.
| - or ^ - start of string $ - end of string * - 0 or more of the previous character + - 1 or more of the previous character ? - 0 or 1 of the previous character . - match any character \ - used to escape a meta-character [ ] - matches any one of the enclosed characters [^] - matches any one character except those enclosed - - specifies a range for use within [ ] ( ) - grouping \d - a digit, equivalent to [0-9] \D - not a digit, equivalent to [^0-9] \w - a word character, equivalent to [a-zA-Z0-9_] \W - not a word character, equivalent to [^a-zA-Z0-9_] \t - a tab \s - a space or a tab, equivalent to [ \t] \S - not a space or a tab, equivalent to [^ \t] \n - line feed \r - carriage return \f - form feedTo avoid false positives when looking for a character string 'def', which may also be embedded within another, then
Examples 1 - 8 illustrate action lines that would apply to every newsgroup
subscribed to, including mailing lists converted to newsgroups.
Examples 9 and on show how actions can be limited to only one, or some of the newsgroups subscribed to.
Each of the Examples was tested independently of any other to check the stated results (Turnpike 3.04, Windows3.1). I shudder to think what the effects might be should all these Examples be let loose in a SCORE file simultaneously.
/announce|faq/s:s ; In any newsgroup - ; select/promote threads with 'announce' or 'faq' in Subject: ;
/robotic|usr|56/s:i ; In any newsgroup - ; ignore articles with 'robotic', 'usr', or '56' in Subject: ;
/smith|jones/n:s ; In any newsgroup - ; select/promote threads containing author 'smith' or 'jones' ;
/usr|robotic|56/s & !/smith|jones/n:i ; In any newsgroup - ; ignore all articles with 'usr', 'robotic' or '56' in Subject:, ; but do not ignore any such articles written by 'smith' or 'jones' ;
/(^|\W)modem/s:s /flash|usr|winmodem/s:d ; In any newsgroup - ; select/promote threads with 'modem' in Subject: ; do not select/promote any threads containing 'flash', 'usr' or ; 'winmodem' in Subject: ;
/announce/s:s /john smith/n:i ; In any newsgroup - ; Selects/promotes any thread with 'announce' in the Subject: line. ; The second line will ignore any articles written ; by 'John Smith', even in selected 'announce' threads. ;Note: If the action line in Example 1 already existed in the SCORE file, then the first line of this Example would not be needed.
/john smith/n:s /announce/s:i ; In any newsgroup - ; Selects/promotes any thread containing an article by 'John Smith', ; All articles with 'announce' in Subject: will be ignored, ; even those written by 'John Smith'. ;
/smith|brown/n:s /usr|robotic|56/s & !/smith|brown/n:i ; In any newsgroup - ; Selects/promotes any thread containing an article by 'Smith' ; or 'Brown'. ; The second line will ignore all articles with 'usr', ; 'robotic', or '56' in the Subject: except those written by ; 'Smith' or 'Brown'. ;
/!announce/g & /smith/n:i ; In mailing list pseudo-newsgroup !announce - ; ignore articles written by 'smith' ;
/demon\.ip\.support/g & /smith/n:s ; In d.i.s.* - ; Selects/promotes any thread in demon.ip.support, ; demon.ip.support.pc, or any other ; demon.ip.support.* newsgroup with articles by 'smith'. ; If more than one of the above groups is subscribed to, ; then promotion takes place in each group. ;Note: This could also be written as /demon/g & /smith/n:s which then affects any of the 'demon*' hierarchy newsgroups that may be subscribed to.
/^demon\.ip\.support$/g & /smith/n:s ; In d.i.s. - ; Selects/promotes any thread with articles by 'smith' only ; in demon.ip.support. ; Articles written by 'smith' also appearing in demon.ip.support.pc, ; demon.ip.support.turnpike etc. will not be promoted ; in these subscribed groups. ;Note: By surrounding the newsgroup expression with "^" (start of string), and "$" (end of string), the action is limited to the one newsgroup demon.ip.support, even though there may be other demon.ip.support.* newsgroups in the subscribed list.
/demon\.tech\.modems/g & /usr|robotic/s:s /demon\.tech\.modems/g & /56/s:d ; In d.t.m - ; Selects and promotes any thread that contains 'usr' or 'robotic' ; in the Subject:. ; Any thread which also has '56' in the Subject: will not be ; selected/promoted (deselected) and will be sorted normally. ;
/soc\.genealogy\.surnames\.britain/g & (/.*/ & !/faq/)s:i /soc\.genealogy\.surnames\.britain/g & /sanderson|holland/s:s /soc\.genealogy\.surnames\.britain/g & /sanderson|holland/s:u /soc\.genealogy\.surnames\.britain/g & /(^|\W)ward($|\W)/s:s /soc\.genealogy\.surnames\.britain/g & /(^|\W)ward($|\W)/s:u /soc\.genealogy\.surnames\.britain/g & /(^|\W)king($|\W)/s:s /soc\.genealogy\.surnames\.britain/g & /(^|\W)king($|\W)/s:u ; In s.g.s.b. - ; The first line ignores every article in the newsgroup except those ; in threads with 'faq' in the Subject: line. ; The subsequent lines promote/select and unignore those articles ; which have the names 'sanderson', 'holland', 'ward', or 'king' ; in the Subject: line of s.g.s.b. The format of the 'ward/king' ; lines is to avoid false positives as discussed earlier. ;Note: If an earlier line in the SCORE file has been used to globally 'select/promote' all threads with '/faq/s:s' then the '& !/faq/' in the first line is needed to 'not ignore' a thread with 'faq' in the subject, even though it would still have been promoted in this newsgroup (Assuming you want to see 'FAQs' in this newsgroup).
/britain/g & (/.*/ & !/faq/)s:i /britain/g & /sanderson|holland|(^|\W)ward($|\W)|(^|\W)king($|\W)/s:s /britain/g & /sanderson|holland|(^|\W)ward($|\W)|(^|\W)king($|\W)/s:uNote: If the newsgroup of interest is the only one subscribed to with 'britain' appearing in the newsgroup name, then this example is effectively the same as Example 13.
/demon\.tech\.modems/g & /(robotics|usr|56|90|x2)/ & !(/faq/s|/Turnpike Modem Support/n):i ; in d.t.m - ; Ignores any article with 'robotics' or 'usr' or '56' or '90' ; or 'x2' in the Subject:, except for ; articles with 'faq' in the Subject: or 'Turnpike Modem Support' as ; the Author's name.