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Usenet, or Netnews, is a world-wide distributed discussion system. Traditional access to newsgroups, or discussion fora, requires newsreader software and access to a newsserver. Many ISPs provide access to a newsserver as part of their service package. This category provides general information about Usenet.
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Freedom Knights of Usenet - Dedicated to free speech, and its implementation on Usenet, an alternative point of view. Information about Usenet sites of Virtue and surviving UDPs. Snoozenet - Tim Pierce's New's Hacking page. Includes links to RFC 977, 1036, son-of-1036. Internet Software Consortium - An FTP site with archives of various Usenet related documents. Includes active files, control messages, list of Usenet hierarchies. Authoritative Active File - Maintained by the Big Eight Moderation Team at This active file is a complete and current list of newsgroups available. Not limited to the "Big 8" groups only. Pi's Smiley List - A list of smilies used on Usenet. Jukka Korpela's Material About Usenet - Selection of links to material on Usenet. Editorials by Jukka explaining the workings of Usenet and the reasons for certain conventions. - Offers reviews of several websites on newsgroups. Includes a forum where users can share ideas and get assistance. Slyck's Guide to the Newsgroups - Tutorials on binary newsgroups : how to download, verify, combine and decode files as well as how to post them. Tutorials on other topics such as IRC and P2P are also available. yEnc - Encoding for Usenet and E-mail - Homepage of the public domain encoding format widely used in binary newsgroups. A stand alone yEnc decoder is also available for download with its source code. User's Guide to the Changing Usenet - Explains how RFDs (Requests For Discussion) and CFVs (Call For Votes) can be used to change a Usenet newsgroup. Gives tips on how to stay abreast of changes in newsgroups and how to be an active participant. Links to Professor Timo Salmi's FAQ Material - Timo Salmi has advice on how to participate effectively in Usenet. Topics include: Proper quoting, proper signatures, how to respond to "crackpots", where to put test postings and other important topics. Binaries4all - Offers binary newsgroup tutorials covering downloading, posting and use of software tools. Includes messageboard. Beginner's Guide to Newsgroup Newsreaders - Presents newsgroups and newsreaders with a particular focus on binary newsgroups. Usenet on - History of Usenet as a whole and of specific hierarchies like alt.*, bitnet and fidonet, old Usenet maps, the way the newsgroups work and how to use them, tips on advanced use, useful links. AnchorDudes Usenet Newsgroup Server FAQ - General presentation of binary newsgroups: specific terms, provider comparison with a pricing table, newsgroup listings and a quick review of newsreader software. Wikipedia: Usenet - A presentation of Usenet: its history, terms and organization along with technical details and information on binary content. How to Usenet - A brief introduction to Usenet, particularly focusing on selecting a server and choosing a newsreader. Also features a collection of useful links. CanadianAlien - Explains how to use binary newsgroups. Mib Software: Usenet Rapid Knowledge Transfer - Information about Usenet for users and developers. - Information and reviews on newsgroup access providers and newsreaders along with basic tutorials. Australian Usenet - Offers the latest news about Australian ISPs' Usenet services, also includes tutorials on how to get started with programs like Alt.Binz, Newsleecher and Grabit along with a collection of links. Finding the Appropriate Newsgroup - Lists of groups listed according to where to post common kinds of posts, where to read about common topics, and so on.
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