Signatures (or how to create an alt.* newsgroup)

Some resources mentioned in a number of alt.config sigs. A great help if you want to create an alt.* newsgroup.
Most links are (c) -=Hawk=-, The Winged Configger, but he is often Nither and Dither.

But first something else.
Don't send controls if you don't know what you are doing.
Once a control is send, the damage
can not be undone.
So
DON'T!
And if you do anyway, don't whine. You made a mess that no-one can clean up. Live with it.


> D'uh
FOAD!

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Want to propose an alt.* newsgroup?
Browse these links for help:
http://www.faqs.org/faqs/by-newsgroup/alt/alt.config.html
http://www.gweep.ca/~edmonds/usenet/good-newgroup.html (Brian Edmonds)
http://www.nylon.net/alt/ (Mark Kelly)
http://www.faqs.org/faqs/alt-creation-guide/ (David Barr)
Don't copy/ paste. Do your own work. Understand what the link tries to tell you. And please don't use the word "repository".

How Alt Groups Work:
http://www.google.co.uk/groups?q=insubject:HINT How Alt Groups Work+author:BarB
For a Google power search (Text newsgroup Justification)
http://groups.google.com/advanced_group_search/
For a binary newsgroup search (Binary newsgroup Justification)
http://www.usenet-replayer.com/cgi/content/archive/ (Limited search, pop-ups, unstable)
http://binsearch.net/ (also creates NZB's)

!Newgroup controls, in and of themselves, don't create newsgroups!

Some warnings before entering alt.config.
FAQ_how_to_discuss_with_trolls.htm (Big FAQ!)

For information on moderating a newsgroup:
http://www.swcp.com/~dmckeon/mod-faq.html (Denis McKeon)
http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/faqs/mod-pitfalls.html (Russ Allbery)
http://www.landfield.com/moderators/ (Kent Landfield)

Different hierarchies:
The Free FAQ:
http://www.cs.uu.nl/wais/html/na-dir/free/charter.html
The UK hierarchy:
http://www.usenet.org.uk/
For WebTV alt.discuss groups:
http://www.wtv-zone.com/AltDiscuss/
Other hierarchies:
http://members.fortunecity.com/nnqweb/ncreate.html
http://www.news-admin.org/

Newsgroup Propagation Search:
http://groupsearch.aacity.net/ (Michael Klaas/William Bagwell/2Rowdy)
The secret of newsgroup creation:
http://nntp.aacity.net/secret.htm (2Rowdy)

Blame 'ratz, you know you want to...

Anyone else want to make changes to my sig? They're $5 each.

ISC.org
ISC maintains a huge archive of control messages. This archive (there are some sister archives) is used as a reference by newsservers worldwide so to assure they all use the same name and syntax for a newsgroup. Some information is also interesting for proponents.
The syntax of the newsgroups file line is given:
http://ftp.isc.org/pub/usenet/CONFIG/README Group Creation Policies.
The syntax of a control message is explained, especially the syntax of the newsgroup name:
http://ftp.isc.org/pub/usenet/control/README Control Message Archive Policies.

Don't propose newsgroups that have archived controls:
Newsgroups file: (allmost complete list of newsgroups and easy searchable)
http://ftp.isc.org/pub/usenet/CONFIG/newsgroups.gz (use Winzip to open)
Locate control (newgroup (with Charter) and rmgroup) messages for a single newsgroup:
http://ftp.isc.org/pub/usenet/control/[hierarchy]/[group name].gz (use Winzip to open)
Locate all newsgroup control messages for alt.*:
http://ftp.isc.org/pub/usenet/control/alt/ (could take some time)

Help on newsgroup naming:
http://www.faqs.org/faqs/usenet/creating-newsgroups/naming/part1/
Help on newsgroup naming - limitations:
http://www.chemie.fu-berlin.de/outerspace/netnews/son-of-1036.html#5.5
http://tools.ietf.org/wg/usefor/draft-ietf-usefor-useage/draft-ietf-usefor-useage-01.txt paragraph 7.2
[#] Uniqueness of a name component has to be established within the first 14 characters of the component; the rest are ignored on a number of server software packages, for instance B-news and C-news, that are still wildly used. (PJR:-)
alt.2rowdy.you-are-a-selfish-fool.send-money
alt.2rowdy.you-are-a-selfless-philanthropist.send-money
would be the same newsgroup on a number of systems.

Some FAQ's on newsgroup naming:
FAQ_14_character_newsgroup_component_limit.htm
FAQ_66_character_newsgroup_name_limit.htm
FAQ_79_character_newsgroup_description_limit.htm
FAQ_no_capitals_in_newsgroup_names.htm

Usenet Standards
RFC850, RFC977, RFC1036, son-of 1036(html), son-of-1036(txt), IETF Usefor drafts, RFC2980, RFC3977

How to tweak MSOE for sending a newgroup message:
Link to a message in Google (Bob Flaminio)

Free alternatives to Usenet:

Text:
http://groups.yahoo.com/ Mailing list and webforum
http://www.coollist.com/ Mailing list
http://www.proboards.com/Webforum (English language only)
http://gmane.org/ Usenet mailinglist thing

Pictures:
http://www.flickr.com/ Store, search, sort and share photos
http://www.hello.com/ Share pictures with friends using Picasa
http://www.coolimagehosting.com/ Host images to share (unstable)
http://imageshack.us/ Hosting and sharing of images
http://photobucket.com/ Free video and photo sharing

Video:
http://video.google.com/ Upload and share videos
http://www.youtube.com/ Broadcast your videos

Any file type:
http://www.dropfiles.net/ File storage, upload and link or e-mail
http://briefcase.yahoo.com/ Storage to share files (public or friends)
http://www.myfilestash.com/ Image hosting and file storage
http://www.yousendit.com/ e-Mail big files

Peer to Peer:
AnalogX-SimpleServer Software to host a website from your own computer
BitTorrent Usenet message from Steve Leyland on promoting BitTorrents

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Last update: Dec 28, 2006
2Rowdy