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Having a newsgroup to discuss nets is different than discussing mail.
net.net and net.mail. I'm not sure net.net is needed -
does fa.tcp-ip subsume
it? There will probably soon be a net.csnet, too.
There are thousands of newsgroups, so your challenge is finding those that
are most interesting to you. There are several ways to search for newsgroups
- News readers.
The most direct way to find newsgroups is search your news reader's full
newsgroup listings for various keywords of interest to you. Note that many newsgroups
are named after contractions, acronyms, and abbreviations, so try searching for
those forms first. Also try
searching for abbreviated keywords -- for example "garden" since
it will find both "gardens" and "gardening", and search for "manag" since it will find both "managing" and "management".
listings. If you are looking for an established group, you can search one
of the newsgroups listings below. Remember that not
all newsgroups are carried by every news server, so if you find a group you will
still need to search your own server to confirm that it is accessible to
- Net search. You can find references to newsgroups on the web by searching for a keyword and the word "newsgroup", for example gardening
groups. Most news readers are designed to minimize Internet network traffic,
and therefore don't reload the newsgroups list every time you start the application.
dozens of newsgroups are added to the Usenet every day. Your news
reader probably has a "new groups" menu item to request a new groups
list from your server. If it doesn't have the feature, you can often accomplish
the same thing by reloading the entire news groups
list over again. New newsgroups can also be found by reading the message with
subject "New Usenet Groups" in the group news.announce.newgroups.