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    Authoritative active file - Maintained by David Lawrence at David has authority over the "Big 8" hierarchies on Usenet. This active file is a complete and current list of newsgroups available. Not limited to the "Big 8" groups only.

    Interview with Brad Templeton - Brad Templeton was the founder, publisher and CEO of ClariNet the electronic news service on the Internet.

    Amiga Network News - Amiga newsgroup summaries.

    The Official Homepage - Submission guidelines and archived reviews from, a newsgroup carrying reader-written reviews of other newsgroups.

    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.

    Free Advice on Usenet News - An editorial introduction to Usenet.

    Usenet II - An attempt to create a new Usenet based on the concept of "sound sites". The goal is to create a new Usenet as free as possible from spam.

    Musenet: Newsgroup Reviews and Beyond - Reviews of a few assorted Usenet newsgroups, primarily in the alt.* hierarchy. The webmaster will take suggestions on groups to review.

    W-net : Everything About Usenet - Usenet basics. Learn about newsgroups from scratch. Learn how to get banned Newsgroups. Partial list of Newsgroups.

    Snoozenet - Tim Pierce's New's Hacking page. Includes links to RFC 977, 1036, son-of-1036.

    Computer Partners - Brief explanation of newsgroups and instructions for using Netscape Navigator or Outlook Express for reading newsgroups.

    Rules for posting to Usenet - Brief introduction to Usenet and appropriate guidelines to follow for posting.

    Usenet Oldnews Archive - All Usenet news from May 1981 to May 1982. Oldest known Usenet news.

    Master List of Newsgroup Hierarchies - A complete list of newsgroup hierarchies and their descriptions.

    Internet Software Consortium - An FTP site with archives of various Usenet related documents. Includes active files, control messages, list of Usenet hierarchies.

    Alternate Usenet TOP 1000 - An alternate to the Freenix Top 1000 site.

    Top 1000 Usenet Sites - Statistics on Usenet sites calculated by taking a sample of news articles on many sites. Participation open to all Usenet sites, no matter how small. Stats available through mailing list or on this site. - Have the news from Usenet newsgroups delivered to your mail-inbox.

    Kevin Butler's Simple Guide to Newsgroups - A brief history about the origin of newsgroups and tips on how to participate in newsgroups.

    The Swedish Usenet Administration - Information for news administrators about the se.* hierarchy, including public PGP key and current checkgroups message. Also contains information on how to create groups in the se.* hierarchy and how to get a feed.

    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.

    SmR-usenet - Usenet tutorials, FAQs, and reviews of usenet providers. Also providing free posting services via NNTP for text-only newsgroups.

    News Group - Subscription tutorials on how to download files from binary newsgroups, such as movies, mp3s and programs.

    Usenet Newsservers For You - Brief description of Usenet with links to some free or public news servers. Links to news reader software for Windows machines and some security tools.

    SOUP: Simple Offline USENET Packet - Defines the SOUP Format. Primarily of historic interest.

    Mib Software Usenet Rapid Knowledge Transfer - Information about Usenet for users and developers.

    Good Net Keeping Seal of Approval - Standards for Usenet software. If software authors design software that conforms to these standards, Usenet participants would more naturally conform to standard netiquette.

    The Usenet Newbie Project - Learn everything about the Usenet in one place. How to access it, how to read posts, explanation of technical terms and acronyms and how to create your own Newsgroups.

    Europa.* - International newsgroups hierarchy for topics covering the continent of Europe.

    Smiley-List - Comprehensive list of smilies used on Usenet.

    Netizens: On the History and Impact of Usenet and the Internet - Links to Michael and Ronda Hauben's on-line book. Presents the history and impact of various aspects of the Net, such as the Internet, ARPANET, and Usenet. Attempts to help readers understand the origins of the Net, so they might help preserve its value throughout future developments and changes.

    Netscan Newsgroup Tracker - Social statistics on Usenet groups including number of posts and crossposts.

    Italia.* Usenet hierarchy - List of sites carrying Italia.* hierarchy. Config files for your newsserver. Complete listing of all newsgroups in the Italia.* hierarchy their charters.

    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.

    About News-Posting, by J R Stockton - Explanation of Usenet terms and tips on how to write and post to Usenet.

    Links to Professor Timo Salmi's FAQ material - Timo Salmi has extensive 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.

    Netter's Abbreviation/Acronym Glossary - Comprehensive list of abbreviations used on Usenet.

    USENET History - Includes three articles: an overview of "The Great Renaming"; collection of posts from 1985-1990 focusing on the network's history; and a general piece entitled "The NET Explodes".

    I Remember USENET - Brad Templeton recalls the early days of the Internet and the rise of USENET.

    The Geeks Who Saved Usenet - Article on the restoration of the early Usenet articles to the archives at Google Groups. [Salon.Com]

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