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A newsgroup is an electronic forum on the Internet for the exchange of
ideas on a specified topic – an electronic bulletin board of sorts.
Think of newsgroups as round-table discussions of people sharing common
interests like gardening, herbal medicine, for sale information,
A newsgroup operates like a public bulletin board. You post messages (via email) to a specific newsgroup, and the messages listed for anyone interested in reading them. The readers of the newsgroup respond to your original message by posting their own comments. You access the information on your own and decide which messages are worthwhile reading.
More than 21,800 newsgroups exist today, involving millions of people from around the globe. Fuse carries a full newsfeed (i.e., information updates) of all core USENET newsgroups for you to explore.
For a complete explanation of how the main newsgroup categories are organized, see the article by Gene Spafford and David Lawrence at the end of this section entitled "Topic Classifications for USENET Newsgroups."
In 1979, graduate students from several universities throughout the U.S.
developed a system for linking computers together through modems and
phone lines to share news and information. Over time, this experimental
electronic bulletin board system evolved into USENET. Today, USENET
refers to the entire community of users who exchange articles and
information under various newsgroup names. It is not an organization or
a computer network with any kind of central management. And no one
person or group manages USENET. However, each site that carries USENET
newsgroups has a Systems Administrator who is responsible for operating
the news reader for that specific location. You can reach the Fuse
newsgroup administrator by e-mailing postmaster@Fuse.net.
Before you start accessing any newsgroups, please read ZoomTown.com's Newsgroup Policy. This document outlines some of the "do's and don'ts" of participating in newsgroups. It discusses what constitutes inappropriate use of the Internet and violation of USENET netiquette (proper newsgroup behavior).
For more information about USENET and newsgroup etiquette, please check out the newsgroup "news.announce.newusers", which gives you essential guidelines to know before you post messages or try to create your own newsgroup.
This article describing how the core USENET newsgroups are organized
was originally written by Gene Spafford (and edited until 5/93), most
recently updated by David Lawrence and taken from the newsgroup
The following is a list of the currently active core USENET newsgroup hierarchies. This list does not include the gatewayed Internet newsgroups. The groups distributed worldwide are divided into eight broad classifications: