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View Poll Results: Do You Still Use Usenet
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Old 05-06-2006, 02:54 PM   #1
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Any Usenet People Here?

Just out of curiosity, does anybody here still use Usenet?
I used to, but since there's absolutely no moderation on the vast majority of newsgroups, the spam isn't controlled and most of the users are extremely violent towards one another (especially in all of the computing groups I've belonged to); thus all of the discussions end up spiraling down to cruel personal attacks and battles between individual users.
This is certainly the case in groups dealing with religion, politics, and most computing fields (with many death threats going to the "Windows Weenies").
Other than that though, it seems in these years that the entire system has been replaced with web forums, and with moderation and the resulting pleasantness on those, Usenet is almost unnecessary in the first place.

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Old 05-06-2006, 03:06 PM   #2
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I've even stopped bothering with my ISP's newsgroups - the technical ones had too few participants and the info groups on service status, etc. really only interested me when they weren't available - because the service was down
Old 05-06-2006, 03:12 PM   #3
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I stopped using usenet when my isp changed it's policies on usenet and capped downloads to 2GB per month, if I wanted more I would have to have a payed account, and there is still a lot of spam on it anyways, PFF
Old 05-06-2006, 03:22 PM   #4
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I voted "No" but I still check some groups once in awhile. Back before forums like this were popular on the web, Usenet was really the only way to get good tech info and converse with others of similar interests. Moderated Web forums are far usefull nowaday's.

I think pretty soon most NNTP servers will go offline. Many ISP's are now not even offering the servers or you have to pay extra. With the content so currupt now it's not even worth it.



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