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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.
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"