is a collection of discussion groups that involve thousands of people all around the
world. Within Usenet discussion groups topics vary widely, each group discussing a
different topic. Literally any topic that you could consider there most likely is a
discussion group devoted to it, and you can go there and read what others are saying or
add to the discussion yourself. Currently there are more than 20,000 active
newsgroups and the number grows daily.
Newsgroups are divided into categories to try and add some structure to all this. Each
newsgroup is given a name that consists of multiple parts, each part of the name is
seperated by a ".". The first part of the name specifies what newsgroup
the discussion belongs to. Here is a partial list of some of the categories:
|Alternative newsgroups, most everything is here
|Discussions from the Bitnet mailing lists
|Defense Data Network
|Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
|Discussion about the GNU project
|Kindergarden to High School discussions
|Anything that cannot fit into other categories
|Discussions about Usenet
|All types of Science
|Debates on controversial topics
This all might seem a little confusing till you see a couple examples. By looking
at the title of the newsgroup you can tell what it is about. For example:
alt.comp.lang.borland-delphi -- This would be a discussion on the
programming language Delphi by Borland.
alt.comp.periphs.scanner -- This is a discussion on a certain
peripheral the scanner.
comp.os.ms-windows.apps.financial -- This group would discuss all
financial applications available for Microsof Windows.
For Additional Information:
Primer on How to Work With the Usenet Community
Netizens: An Anthology
for posting to Usenet
What are Usenet newsgroups?
See Also: Finding Newsgroups.
See Also: Newsgroups Software.
See Also: Searching Newsgroups.
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