Why I Hate News Groups

The "Big Nine" hierarchies of Usenet.

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In earlier days of the Internet, I used to read Usenet news groups, now more commonly known simply as news groups. Today I will read some specific news group no more often on average than once in several months because I have come to detest them and the culture that comes with them. In addition to the endless spam, vulgarity, profanity, and flame wars, the on-topic content is often useless.

Therefore I have not read news groups for years, except to field responses to some specific question, usually technical in nature. When I do get an answer at all, generally the answers I get fall within a limited set of models:

  • My computer is better than yours.
  • See www.donteventhinkaboutit.com for some hot pictures.
  • The answer to your question is explained on page 972, paragraph 3 of my book Arcane Science Artfully Obfuscated, pulished in 1951, which I take the liberty of recommending that you acquire as an addition to your reference library.

So I rarely bother.

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