Party like it's 1999
Here's a pretty good eulogy for the Usenet, from LWN in... 2005
Oh! Let's see what was popular in the Usenet!
... wait what? STOP
There's a lot of crazy people there.
Not because of their political ideology, which I don't care about, but because they actively engage in conversations in their echo chamber and insult each other even though those they insult are the only ones who pay attention to them
I mean, what's the point??
@cfenollosa if you run across any good discussion groups post them up. I follow a few on my BBS (the alt.bbs groups are hit and miss though, mainly BBS ads now days). There are also a few good ones in comp.* that are still active
@mmn I'm trying to make a list of still active groups. Of course I can't check the full 60k groups, but I'm trying to curate those who used to be popular and still have some activity (comp, hardware, talk etc)
@cfenollosa this is literally the best thing I've heard this year, it's impossible to find references to active usenet groups now days. Are you going to publish this somewhere eventually?
@mmn Yes, I'll post them on this thread while I scavenger, and probably give this literal tootstorm some formatting into a blogpost.
You'll definitely see it around here for sure
I believe human attention works that way, specially as you get older and accustomed to some ways of interacting with your peers
@cfenollosa This is very suspicious🤣
i thought i'd check out alt.anarchism, but half of it is anti-Hillary spam and the other half is about the murder of Molly Tibbetts.
@Nikolai_Kingsley Yep, there are very very few active groups, and those are mostly populated by wackos.
i keep waiting for the Oldbies to return to talk.bizarre.
there's no indication they ever will, but i'm not going to let that stop me.
@Nikolai_Kingsley hope is the last thing one loses, they say ;)
I would honestly love a Usenet comeback. Too bad it will never happen.
@cfenollosa What do you mean? That's how your computer screen should look, right? Screenshot of my dwm setup attached. Nothing 1999 over that.
@liebach nice setup! My 1999 reference was about slrn and the Usenet, though. A real nostalgia trip
@cfenollosa Oh, now I get it. 😊 I didn’t look closely and assumed it was mutt, not slrn.
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