List of newsgroups

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This is a partial list of newsgroups that are significant for their popularity or their position in Usenet history.

The Big 8 hierarchies[edit]

These are the most widely distributed and carefully controlled newsgroup hierarchies. See Big 8 (Usenet) and the Great Renaming for more information.

comp[edit]

Computer-related topics.

humanities[edit]

Topics related to the humanities (fine arts, literature, philosophy, Classical Latin, etc.).

misc[edit]

Miscellaneous topics. Examples include:

  • misc.legal.moderated — A moderated legal forum.
  • misc.taxes.moderated — A moderated professional tax forum open to the general public.

news[edit]

Matters related to the functioning of Usenet itself. Examples include:

  • news.admin.net-abuse.blocklisting — discussion related to the use of blocklists to deal with spam and other unwanted network traffic.
  • news.admin.net-abuse.email — discussion of abuse of email by spammers and other parties.

rec[edit]

Recreation and entertainment topics. Examples include:

  • rec.arts.movies.current-films—The latest movie releases.
  • rec.arts.movies.past-films—Past films.
  • rec.arts.poems
  • rec.arts.comics—Discussing comic books, current and past
  • rec.arts.sf.tv—Discussing general television SF (i.e. science-fiction, or "speculative fiction").
  • rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated—discussion of Babylon 5 and other projects of J. Michael Straczynski.
  • rec.arts.tv—Television, its history, and past and current shows, i.e. the main television newsgroup.
  • rec.arts.tv.soaps.cbs—discussion about soap operas broadcast by the CBS television network.
  • rec.arts.tv.mst3k.misc—discussion of the TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000.
  • rec.arts.tv.x-factor—General discussion of the X-Factor tv show and all its worldwide editions.
  • rec.food.cooking—"discussion of cooking in general. Recipes and requests for recipes are welcome here, as are discussions of cooking techniques, equipment, etc."[1]
  • rec.humor.funny—moderated humor group that featured daily editor-selected jokes[2]
  • rec.humor.oracleInternet humor
  • rec.musicMusic
  • rec.music.folkFolk music
  • rec.sport.cricket—general discussion of world cricket.
  • rec.sport.soccer—general discussion of world football (soccer).
  • rec.woodworking—general discussion of woodworking.

sci[edit]

Science-related topics.

soc[edit]

Discussion related to society and social subcultures. Examples include:

  • soc.culture.usa— for the discussion of culture in the USA.
  • soc.culture.iraq— for the discussion of Iraq.
  • soc.genealogy— for the discussion of genealogy.
  • soc.motss— for the discussion of gay and lesbian issues.[3]
  • soc.org.nonprofit— for the discussion of nonprofit organization management issues.[4][5]
  • soc.org.service—clubs.misc— for the discussion of service clubs such as Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary International, Civitan International and Optimists.
  • soc.penpals— to find penpals
  • soc.politics— for the discussion of politics
  • soc.religion.bahai— for the discussion of the Baháʼí Faith
  • soc.religion.christian— for the discussion of Christianity
  • soc.rights-human— for the discussion of human rights[6]

talk[edit]

Discussion of various topics, especially controversial ones. Includes political topics as well. Examples include:

The alt hierarchy[edit]

This is the most extensive newsgroup hierarchy outside of the Big 8. Examples include:

Other newsgroups[edit]

These newsgroups fall outside of the official Big 8 hierarchies, as well as the less formal alt hierarchy. Other newsgroups can consist of geographic regions (official or unofficial), corporations, and other institutions or groups.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sack, Victor (20 October 2016), rec.food.cooking FAQ and conversion file, sec. 9.1
  2. ^ "Brad Templeton's Rec.Humor.Funny". Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  3. ^ Auerbach, David (August 20, 2014). "The First Gay Space on the Internet". Retrieved 8 May 2018. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  4. ^ Mutz, John (2010). Fundraising For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-7645-9847-0.
  5. ^ Cravens, Jayne. "A Brief Review of the Early History of Nonprofits and the Internet (before 1996)". Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  6. ^ Bickerton, Pauline (2007). Cybermarketing. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 0 7506 4704 3.