Well, I'm sticking with Sonic's news server as long as Kelsey is willing to keep nursing it along.
But I did test out a trn connection to Eternal-September several weeks ago when we had another near-death scare, so I'm ready to switch to that if needed. But I've confirmed that I can still post as well as read through news.sonic.net, so I'm okay for now.
BTW, in case some of you haven't discovered this yet, the article numbering got all kerfuffled when Kelsey had to start downloading new header information. So be sure to reset the numbering of your "read" articles. I've just been going through .newsrc and chopping off the last few digits of each line. Then I run trn and it gets populated with the postings that have come in since the system was wiped clean.
I need to go through my killfiles and do the same, as right now they're looking for higher numbers than the new articles have, so the filters aren't being run.
p.s. Dukeofur, I don't know of any better place on these forums to ask your question about configuring Thunderbird. I've seen similar questions here on the General forum previously.