Talk:Alt.binaries.boneless

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Article created out of irritation[edit]

Some usenet group names have long been a deeply impenetrable culture of secrecy and geek/nerd obscurity, and this newsgroup is a prime example. The word boneless was probably someone's idea of a joke that somehow managed to take off as the top binary group on usenet, rather than merely dying in no-post obscurity.

The main reason this article exists is to hopefully unshroud the mystery around this newsgroup, and how it became so popular. Though since I'm essentially exposing the dark fetid underbelly of usenet by talking about this group, I'm not really expecting to see the primary users of the newsgroup step forward and tell us all about it.

DMahalko (talk) 08:33, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

Giganews top 30[edit]

(This is from my talk page.... -- DMahalko)

Hi, I was looking at the top 30 newsgroups in the article Usenet.[1]. Since this comes from early 2008, it might be helpful to update it. I would wager that alt.binaries.boneless is still at number one, but could not find an updated chart despite searching on Google. Could you help here? Thanks.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 22:45, 23 November 2011 (UTC)

If you are a Giganews subscriber, the current list can most likely be derived from your newsreader's list of newsgroups, such as NewsBin. I currently do not have a UseNet subscription. DMahalko (talk) 01:16, 25 November 2011 (UTC)
After some searching, here is a current list from Easynews. As predicted, alt.binaries.boneless is still out in front in the #1 position, but the other places have changed since 2008.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 20:06, 26 November 2011 (UTC)