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alt.sex.stories is a Usenet newsgroup for erotic stories created on May 7, 1992 by Tim Pierce as an alternative to pre-existing alt erotica newsgroups.[better source needed] The group was initially unmoderated, a feature that was not shared by some of the other Usenet or altnet newsgroups. This feature allowed for greater user freedom.
In early 1997 a moderated version of alt.sex.stories was created due to an increasing number of posts by “various pay services, scam artists, and bots”. This moderated newsgroup (ASSM) has always operated by cross-posting all approved stories to alt.sex.stories, and is not simply a filtered version of the unmoderated group, rather, all stories posted to ASSM were specifically submitted there.
Currently the day-to-day operations and general direction of ASSM is overseen by the Alt.Sex.Stories Text Repository (ASSTR), which coordinates a group of volunteers to moderate the newsgroup using a web-based voting system. ASSTR also hosts an archive of the newsgroup, and a mirror of the Nifty Erotic Stories Archive (gay). ASSM is one of the few remaining active groups in the alt.sex.* hierarchy.
Due to competition from web-based erotica sites and communities, the volume of stories posted to ASSM (and thus to alt.sex.stories) had dropped considerably by 2006, although the group is still actively moderated.
–—===Story codes=== Because of the large volume of stories posted, a set of codes to describe the story content was developed. Writers were encouraged to include these story codes in the title of their stories.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tim Pierce) (1992-05-07). "Google Groups". Newsgroup: alt.sex.stories. Usenet: 1992May7.email@example.com.
- Roy, Sandip (11 August 2005). "ASIAN POP Sexing Sri Lanka / How a Tamil immigrant girl grew up to become an erotica queen and new voice in South Asian literature". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
- "Intersmut Magazine Interview with M.A. Mohanraj". Mamohanraj.com. Retrieved 2014-03-24.
- "Abbreviated Story Codes in A.S.S. Authors' Version". http://www.asstr.org/. http://www.asstr.org/. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
- "Things you should know: A help file for alt.sex.stories and related groups" by Seurat (version 3; Dec 1998)
- The Alt.Sex.Stories.* Hierarchy and Related Groups FAQ (version 2.03; Jun 19, 2000) by Apuleius. See especially section 2, a history of erotic stories on usenet.
- Alt.sex.stories - A Subculture by Ole Joe (version 15; Nov 1998).
- alt.sex.stories Hall of Fame: Commentary on beloved authors
- Alt.Sex.Stories Text Repository -- free, non-profit collection of over 450,000 works of erotic literature, home to over 4000 authors, and host of the Alt.Sex.Stories.Moderated archive at WebCite (archived 27 June 2007)
- The Top XXX Cliches of alt.sex.stories -- humorous compilation (also free) of cliched writing on alt.sex.stories
- Sex Stories on the Internet: The First Twenty or so Years -- essay by "H. Jekyll"