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.
Authoritative Active File
Maintained by the Big Eight Moderation Team at isc.org. This active file is a complete and current list of newsgroups available. Not limited to the "Big 8" groups only.
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.
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.
Beginner's Guide to Newsgroup Newsreaders
Presents newsgroups and newsreaders with a particular focus on binary newsgroups.
Offers binary newsgroup tutorials covering downloading, posting and use of software tools. Includes messageboard.
Explains how to use binary newsgroups.
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.
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.
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.
Internet Software Consortium
An FTP site with archives of various Usenet related documents. Includes active files, control messages, list of Usenet hierarchies.
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.
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.
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.
Pi's Smiley List
A list of smilies used on Usenet.
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.
Tim Pierce's New's Hacking page. Includes links to RFC 977, 1036, son-of-1036.
Usenet on Livinginternet.com
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.
Offers reviews of several websites on newsgroups. Includes a forum where users can share ideas and get assistance.
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.
A presentation of Usenet: its history, terms and organization along with technical details and information on binary content.
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.