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  • Authoritative Active File -  .
  • - Maintained by the Big Eight Moderation Team at This active file is a complete and current list of newsgroups available. Not limited to the "Big 8" groups only.

  • About News-Posting, by J R Stockton - - Explanation of Usenet terms and tips on how to write and post to Usenet.
  • AnchorDudes Usenet Newsgroup Server FAQ - - General presentation of binary newsgroups: specific terms, provider comparison with a pricing table, newsgroup listings and a quick review of newsreader software.
  • Australian Usenet - - Offers the latest news about Australian ISPs' Usenet services, also includes tutorials on how to get started with programs like Alt.Binz, Newsleecher and Grabit along with a collection of links.
  • Beginner's Guide to Newsgroup Newsreaders - - Presents newsgroups and newsreaders with a particular focus on binary newsgroups.
  • Binaries4all - - Offers binary newsgroup tutorials covering downloading, posting and use of software tools. Includes messageboard.
  • CanadianAlien - - Explains how to use binary newsgroups.
  • Computer Partners - - Brief explanation of newsgroups and instructions for using Netscape Navigator or Outlook Express for reading newsgroups.
  • Finding the Appropriate Newsgroup - - Lists of groups listed according to where to post common kinds of posts, where to read about common topics, and so on.
  • Free Advice on Usenet News - - An editorial introduction to Usenet.
  • Freedom Knights of Usenet - - Dedicated to free speech, and its implementation on Usenet, an alternative point of view. Information about Usenet sites of Virtue and surviving UDPs.
  • How to Usenet - - A brief introduction to Usenet, particularly focusing on selecting a server and choosing a newsreader. Also features a collection of useful links.
  • Internet Software Consortium - - An FTP site with archives of various Usenet related documents. Includes active files, control messages, list of Usenet hierarchies.
  • Jukka Korpela's Material About Usenet - - Selection of links to material on Usenet. Editorials by Jukka explaining the workings of Usenet and the reasons for certain conventions.
  • Links to Professor Timo Salmi's FAQ Material - - Timo Salmi has advice on how to participate effectively in Usenet. Topics include: Proper quoting, proper signatures, how to respond to "crackpots", where to put test postings and other important topics.
  • Mib Software: Usenet Rapid Knowledge Transfer - - Information about Usenet for users and developers.
  • - - Information and reviews on newsgroup access providers and newsreaders along with basic tutorials.
  • - - Delivers via e-mail articles from user-selected newsgroups. Free service.
  • Pi's Smiley List - - A list of smilies used on Usenet.
  • Rules for Posting to Usenet - - Brief introduction to Usenet and appropriate guidelines to follow for posting.
  • Slyck's Guide to the Newsgroups - - Tutorials on binary newsgroups : how to download, verify, combine and decode files as well as how to post them. Tutorials on other topics such as IRC and P2P are also available.
  • Snoozenet - - Tim Pierce's New's Hacking page. Includes links to RFC 977, 1036, son-of-1036.
  • The Usenet Newbie Project - - A global presentation of Usenet: how to access it, how to read posts, explanation of technical terms and acronyms.
  • Usenet on - - History of Usenet as a whole and of specific hierarchies like alt.*, bitnet and fidonet, old Usenet maps, the way the newsgroups work and how to use them, tips on advanced use, useful links.
  • Usenet Replayer - - Web-based Usenet tools, including news resources archive, news server search, posting and retrieving of Usenet messages, advertising products, and forgery cancellations. Free.
  • - - Offers reviews of several websites on newsgroups. Includes a forum where users can share ideas and get assistance.
  • - - Provides basic information and links about Usenet with a particular focus on binary newsgroups and related utilities.
  • Usenetpedia - - A simple and relaxed presentation of Usenet, its history and its specific vocabulary.
  • User's Guide to the Changing Usenet - - Explains how RFDs (Requests For Discussion) and CFVs (Call For Votes) can be used to change a Usenet newsgroup. Gives tips on how to stay abreast of changes in newsgroups and how to be an active participant.
  • Wikipedia: Usenet - - A presentation of Usenet: its history, terms and organization along with technical details and information on binary content.
  • W-net : Everything About Usenet - - An introduction to Usenet basics along with a partial list of Newsgroups. No longer maintained but the information provided is still relevant.
  • yEnc - Encoding for Usenet and E-mail - - Homepage of the public domain encoding format widely used in binary newsgroups. A stand alone yEnc decoder is also available for download with its source code.


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