You know Usenet is almost-dead when there is not even spam in most groups.

Spammers have decided "it's not profitable to send a few bytes to these open boards anymore" and if you think about it it's kinda sad

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Browsing the group list sure brings back memories of long gone topics:

search-engines.lycos
browsers.ariadne
atari-jaguar.discussion

And, of course, the alt.* groupname spamming

alt.something
alt.something-sucks
alt.something-sucks.somebody-is-gay
alt.something-sucks.somebody-is-gay.askdjasdlkjasd

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I downloaded my first warez from binaries groups. Some say they're still alive and kicking on paid servers, but I think all downloads have moved to the web or p2p nowadays

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The most similar thing to newsgroups today is Reddit, and I really enjoy following some communities.

Usenet had excellent usability, but Reddit has better moderation tools.

In the end, as experts say, tools don't create communities, they just allow members to find each other.

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I'm definitely browsing the newsgroup list to see if there is anything interesting left

3301/66518 (4%)

See you in like a week

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Can you imagine creating a dumb newsgroup in 1988 like

alt.config.christina.[redacted].needs.to.get.a.life

and that message is still available for all the world to see 32 years later?

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There are a few posters in alt.conspiracy who still engage in discussions, and it looks like they're very active at it.

1116 messages in that group

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Let's dive into alt.current-events!

cebit95
bosnia
somalia
oj-simpson
clinton
massacre.columbine
war-on-terror

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Look at this groupname clusterfuck and the animosity somebody had against that "fred" guy.

There are a few "is-a-rapist" groupnames, you can see one here

Bonus: early 90s rare insults!

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@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

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@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

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