Big 8 (Usenet)
The Big 8 (previously the Big 7) are a group of newsgroup hierarchies established after the Great Renaming, a restructuring of Usenet that took place in 1987. These hierarchies are managed by the Big 8 Management Board. Groups are added through a process of nomination, discussion, and voting.
The original seven hierarchies were comp.*, misc.*, news.*, rec.*, sci.*, soc.*, and talk.*. They were open and free for anyone to participate in (except for the moderated newsgroups), though they were subject to a few general rules governing their naming and distribution.
alt.* was not part of the original seven, but created separately as a place with more freedom and fewer rules than the Big 7.
In the mid-1990s, when Usenet traffic grew significantly, humanities.* was introduced, and it and the seven hierarchies created by the Renaming make up today's so-called "Big 8".
|comp.*||Computer-related discussions||comp.software, comp.sys.amiga, comp.browsers.www|
|misc.*||Miscellaneous topics||misc.education, misc.forsale, misc.kids|
|news.*||Newsgroup-related matters. This hierarchy was not originally intended for reporting news events. It was meant to deal with matters of Usenet in particular||news.groups, news.admin, news.announce.groups|
|rec.*||Recreation and entertainment||rec.music, rec.arts.movies, rec.arts.poetry|
|sci.*||Science-related discussions||sci.physics, sci.research, sci.skeptic|
|soc.*||Social discussions||soc.college.org, soc.culture.African, soc.history.what-if|
|talk.*||Talk about various controversial topics and discussions with no obvious categorization||talk.religion, talk.politics, talk.bizarre, talk.origins|
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