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A vast black hole that absorbs your spare time. A little like ToothyWiki.

A newsgroup is something you create in order to drag everyone elses time away.  See UcamSocietiesCursGame ;)

But only after all yours has been dragged away already AIR -- Senji

See ToothyWikiInternals/InterWiki for ways of linking to web-accessible newsgroup posts from the wiki.

[news.individual.net] is due to start charging. Easynet no longer provide a news server. As people leave Cambridge, they stop being able to use Hermes. With that in mind, what are people generally doing for usenet access? Do such things as free news feeds still exist, or are those days over now? - MoonShadow
(PeterTaylor) On the rare occasions I need it, I use Google.
I have (reluctantly) gone over to the NTL news sever. --Tsunami

Question: How many list subscribers does it take to change a light bulb?
Answer: 3,066:

1 to change the light bulb and to post to the list that the light bulb has been changed.
14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently.
7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs.
27 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light bulbs.
53 to flame the spell checkers
156 to write to the list administrator complaining about the light bulb discussion and its inappropriateness to this mail list.
41 to correct spelling in the spelling/grammar flames.
109 to post that this list is not about light bulbs and to please take this email exchange to alt.lite.bulb
203 to demand that cross posting to alt.grammar, alt.spelling and alt.punctuation about changing light bulbs be stopped.
143 votes for alt.lite.bulb.
111 to defend the posting to this list saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts **are** relevant to this mail list.
306 to debate which method of changing light bulbs is superior, where to buy the best light bulbs, what brand of light bulbs work best for this technique, and what brands are faulty.
27 to post URLs where one can see examples of different light bulbs
14 to post that the URLs were posted incorrectly, and to post corrected URLs.
3 to post about links they found from the URLs that are relevant to this list which makes light bulbs relevant to this list.
27 to post in HTML because they are using the IE or Netscape that had it turned on by default and are too clueless to look
48 to complain about the HTML posts
27 to post 'sorry I didn't realize it was on' - in HTML
96 to complain about more HTML and post detailed instructions on how to change the setting
58 to mumble something about using a web browser to read mail
12 MIME posts with useless colors and bolds saying thanks for the help with the HTML mail
1 to post a GIF/JPG of the lightbulb hanging too close to their digital camera.
1 complaint from the guy using /usr/ucb/Mail? who wants to know what the *@&(%$!@ has been going on
58 to complain about the binary post
74 to say they liked the binary and didn't mind it
33 to summarize all posts to date, then quote them including all headers and footers, and then add "Me Too."
19 to quote the "Me Too's" to say, "Me Three."
4 to suggest that posters request the light bulb FAQ.
12 to post to the list that they are unsubscribing because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy.
1 post about how you can MAKE MONEY FAST!!!!! by selling lightbulbs and this report available for only $5.
1,328 to reply to the list with the full spam attached and then put 'remove' at the end
3 to flame the other morons for replying to the spammer and CCing the list
1 to propose new alt.change.lite.bulb newsgroup.
47 to say this is just what alt.physic.cold_fusion was meant for, leave it here.
1 from the list admin notifying that the list is looking for a bigger server to handle the load


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