Usenet Newsgroup Overview
There are over 50,000 Usenet newsgroups where Internet users exchange
messages on specific subjects. If you can't find something online via search tools,
then try the newsgroups... A fellow Internet user can probably lead you to the right
- Usenet Newsgroups are a globally shared/distributed set of online forums where users can
post messages to each other.
- Newsgroups can be subject oriented (rec.antiques) or created based on geography
- Newsgroups are not chat rooms. Chat rooms are a more real-time event, where the
text of messages are displayed back and forth between users in near real time.
Newsgroup postings are more similar to email messages that are posted into a shared area,
where other users may reply back to the message over the next several days.
- Quality of content in a specific newsgroup depends on culture of that newsgroups
following. This is an online city of over 500 million strangers.
- Children (and some spouses) should not be left alone on the Internet.
- Take the time to watch and learn the culture of a group before participating (called
- Thou Shall not SPAM the Internet!!!
- Messages (articles) are posted to the newsgroup
- Others may post their follow-up to the newsgroup OR may respond directly to
the author via email
- A series of related articles is called a thread
- A FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) may be posted. READ IT, to understand the purpose of
the group, and to see if "your" question" is already answered in the
A list of FAQs
is also available via the web.
Usenet Newsgroup Architecture
- Newsgroups are hosted on news servers throughout the Internet.
- News Server onsite (i.e. news.company.com)
- Use providers server (i.e. news.ISP.net)
- Your local Newsreader is used to interact with this information. This can be a
stand-alone Newsreader, or you web browser may also provide this capability. Check
with you local Internet provider or network administrator for the software settings.
- You read and post message to a specific new server. New postings are then
fed to other new servers throughout the Internet, until each news server has a roughly
equivalent set of messages. See How the Usenet protocol
works for more information.
Searching: There are several places on the Internet where the content of
the newsgroups are being archived and made available for full-text searching.
The most popular resources is "google groups"
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