Authoritative active file
- Maintained by David Lawrence at isc.org. David has authority over the "Big 8" hierarchies on Usenet. This active file is a complete and current list of newsgroups available. Not limited to the "Big 8" groups only.
Links to Professor Timo Salmi's FAQ material - Timo Salmi has extensive 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.
Netizens: On the History and Impact of Usenet and the Internet - Links to Michael and Ronda Hauben's on-line book. Presents the history and impact of various aspects of the Net, such as the Internet, ARPANET, and Usenet. Attempts to help readers understand the origins of the Net, so they might help preserve its value throughout future developments and changes.
News Group Help.com - Subscription tutorials on how to download files from binary newsgroups, such as movies, mp3s and programs.
news.groups.reviews Homepage - Submission guidelines and archived reviews from news.groups.reviews, a newsgroup carrying reader-written reviews of other newsgroups.
news2mail.com - Have the news from Usenet newsgroups delivered to your mail-inbox.
Newsry - Similar to web hosting, hosts newsgroups accessible by connecting to newsry.com (or a client's domain name). Newsgroups can be private (password protected) or public, but are not necessarily distributed to other news servers.
Top 1000 Usenet Sites - Statistics on Usenet sites calculated by taking a sample of news articles on many sites. Participation open to all Usenet sites, no matter how small. Stats available through mailing list or on this site.
Usenet History - Covers many historical points of the evolution of Usenet, including "The Great Renaming" and the "explosion" of the Net.
The Usenet Newbie Project - Learn everything about the Usenet in one place. How to access it, how to read posts, explanation of technical terms and acronyms and how to create your own Newsgroups.
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.