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] On Behalf Of Richard
Sent: Friday, December 17, 2010 1:35 PM
Subject: Re: more or less [OT]: A new standard for lists?
In article <AANLkTimX-
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William Donzelli <wdonzelli at gmail.com> writes:
me think. Isn't this called Usenet?
Didn't Usenet die back in the late 1990s?
Its still useful for programming discussions, but for all the
chit-chat type stuff its pretty much been replaced by the balkanized
world of inferior web forums. The distributed control nature of
usenet also lent itself to excessive abuse by spammers and the usenet
community never really came up with a useful way of dealing with that.
Many people retreated to mailing lists as a result of the spam
One of the more "amusing" hacks I saw: there were a whole load of oddly named
groups in the alt group. Someone had done an ASCII rendering of Jerry Garcia's face
such that using the NNTP command to list available newsgroups would cause it to be
reproduced in the listing. Cute - and obviously someone who had waaaay too much time on
his hands. -- Ian