@ben I check in on newsgroups occasionally as mid90s I spent hours of my life every day on various alt.* groups that had great communities. All long gone now sadly. Only one that seems at all ok is alt.sysadmin.recovery as it only accepts moderated posts. Would love to see a usenet revival. Saw various tilde providers were going to implement their own closed circuit nntp text only groups which is great.
rec.food.cooking is still pretty good. Lots of old trump types but nice people.
UK.d-i-y is a cesspool now
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko