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The Newsgroups, Discussion Groups or the Usenet as they are often known have a tremendous amount of useful information. They provide a great way to exchange information about a particular topic and contact people who share your interests. They also contain a lot of worthless, unpleasant and off topic postings.

To understand how Discussion Groups work you can think of them as electronic versions of the "buletin boards" at a place of work. Only with newsgroups, think of having over 30,000+ "buletin boards" each dealing with its own topic. Then imagine the entire world being able to particpate by reading and posting messages. You can participate by reading articles, posting new messages, or posting responses to messages you read. You may download files containing text, pictures, sound, video or application programs

WARNING! Newsgroups can bring you in contact with hardcore pornography, foul language, hate literature, viruses and sometimes very nasty, impolite and vindictive people. Exercise caution!

Searching Discussion Groups

Use Dejanews: To find Articles Posted About A Subject

HINT: You can also use the above to search engine to check out any person who posts to the newsgroups. Just enter the persons email address exactly as it appears in the message. Then hit search. You will be able to see any recent postings they made to the newsgroups. Then look around at the bottom of the page for another search box. You will find a drop down box near it: select "old". Click on it and do the search again. You will find their old postings. Do this before you even consider corresponding with anyone on the newsgroups. Also remember that your postings will say a lot about YOU and they are public and will be available for a long time

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Some of the Tamer Newsgroups

These links won't work unless you have a news server and your browser or newsreader is setup to read newsgroups!

alt.comics.peanuts
alt.sport.track-field
soc.culture.scottish
alt.scottish.clans
alt.genealogy
soc.genealogy.computing
alt.creative-cook
alt.genealogy
alt.movies.hitchcock
alt.test [Warning: May Contain Porn]
alt.html
alt.comp.virus
alt.binaries.screen-savers
alt.binaries.comp-graphics
alt.os.windows95.crash.crash.crash
alt.support.spina-bifida

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News Server Links

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