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Assorted tid-bits of information,
history, and archive of the "welcome to alt.discuss" ClubWebTV column.
Usenet are the newsgroups that are available to the whole wide world. Computer users and webtv users can access them. There are thousands of groups, and our server only accesses some of them, but we can still get into hundreds.
To see which groups are available, go to your HomePage, click "Community" on the Sidebar and the click on "Discuss". Check out "all groups" and you will find hunderds and hundreds of them.
Many people want to know about How To Create a Usenet Group, and lots of other things about Usenet. Here are a number of links to different sites that may have the info you are looking for.
Master List Of Newsgroup Hierarchies
Found this post in alt.config. It has a huge amount of info in it.
"TIP" WHERE TO FIND OUT HOW TO CREATE A NEWSGROUP
One of the more frequently posted questions is "How can I create a new newsgroup?" Briefly, creating a new newsgroup in the comp, humanities, misc, news, rec, sci, soc or talk hierarchies involves first proposing the newsgroup in news.announce.newgroups, then conducting a "vote" among those Usenet readers who have an opinion on the proposed group. The entire process can take up to three months.
Creating a new newsgroup in the "alt" hierarchy involves proposing it informally in alt.config, then (if the response is favorable) getting someone to send out a "newgroup control message" for the group if you don't know how to do it yourself.
Other hierarchies have different procedures, or perhaps no formal procedure at all. If you want to create a new newsgroup in the (hypothetical!) podunk hierarchy, you might look for a newsgroup called podunk.config or podunk.general, and ask there about the proper procedure.
For more details, see the following articles. You can find copies of (or links to) all of them at the following Web address:
(1) "How to Create a New Usenet Newsgroup", by David Lawrence
(2) "Guidelines on Usenet Newsgroup
Names", by David Wright and Mark Moraes
(3) "How to Format and Submit a New
Group Proposal", by Russ Allbery
(4) "How to Write a Good Newsgroup
Proposal", by David Lawrence and Una
(5) "So You Want to Create an Alt
Newsgroup", by David Barr
(6) "How to Write a Good Newgroup
Message", by Brian Edmonds
These articles are posted periodically (usually at least once per month) in the indicated newsgroups. If you don't find them there, that simply means that the most recent copies have "expired" on your news server. New copies should be posted eventually.
Finally, the following Web addresses contain collections of information on creating an "alt" group, including the "So You Want to Create..." article, and a description of the actual newgroup control message.
Note: for beginner's information on newsgroups, check out http://www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/Lab/6882/