Usenet

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From Faqs.org

"Usenet is a world-wide distributed discussion system. It consists of a set of 'newsgroups' with names that are classified hierarchically by subject. 'Articles' or 'messages' are 'posted' to these newsgroups by people on computers with the appropriate software -- these articles are then broadcast to other interconnected computer systems via a wide variety of networks. Some newsgroups are moderated; in these newsgroups, the articles are first sent to a moderator for approval before appearing in the newsgroup. Usenet is available on a wide variety of computer systems and networks, but the bulk of modern Usenet traffic is transported over either the Internet or UUCP." -

Some history, FAQ and a timeline about the Usenet. Newsgroups offer everything from composers: "humanities.music.composers.wagner" to adoption: "alt.adoption.issues", to Warez.

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