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Subject: List of Active Newsgroups (Last changed: 10 December 1986)
Date: Tue, 16-Dec-86 00:16:07 EST
Posted: Tue Dec 16 00:16:07 1986
Date-Received: Wed, 17-Dec-86 18:41:06 EST
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[Most recent change: 10 December 1986 by s...@gatech.edu]
The following is a list of currently active USENET newsgroups as of
16 December 1986. There are two basic subcategories of netwide
newsgroups: "world" and "mod". The "world" groups are divided into
seven broad classifications: "news", "soc", "talk", "misc", "sci",
"comp" and "rec". Each of these classifications is organized into
groups and subgroups according to topic.
The "comp" classification includes topics of interest to computer
professionals and hobbyists, including topics in computer science,
software source, and information on hardware and software systems. The
"sci" newsgroups are intended to be technical in nature and relate to
the established sciences. The "misc" groups address themes not easily
classified under any of the other headings or which incorporate themes
from multiple categories. The "soc" groups address social issues and
socializing. The "talk" groups are largely debate-oriented, and tend
to feature long discussions without resolution and without appreciable
amounts of useful information. The "news" groups concern the news
network and software itself. The "rec" groups are recreation and
hobby-oriented groups. An eventual goal is to include the current
"mod" groups into the same seven category naming scheme sometime in
The "world" and "mod" newsgroups are (usually) circulated around the
entire USENET -- this implies world-wide distribution. Not all groups
actually enjoy such wide distribution, however. The European Usenet
sites (Eunet) take only a selected subset of the more "technical"
groups, and controversial "noise" groups are often not carried by many
sites in the US and Canada (these groups are primarily under the "talk"
and "soc" classifications).
"mod" groups are moderated or are monitored mailing lists. They can
only be posted to by mailing submissions to the coordinator (provided
in a companion posting). Some selected sites provide automatic
remailing in support of 2.11 news -- posting to a mod group
automatically mails the article for the poster. Some of the "mod"
groups are gatewayed to USENET from the ARPA Internet and appear as
"mod" groups to facilitate distribution and posting from the Usenet.
Some of the "world" groups are bidirectionally gatewayed with
ARPA Internet mailing lists; items submitted from the ARPA side to
the digest are split up and submitted to the USENET group, while
articles submitted on the USENET side are bundled up and submitted to
the mailing list. Most such gatewayed groups are done as "mod"
groups. A complete list of moderated newsgroups, submission addresses
and moderators is given in a companion posting.
"net" groups are remnants of the old naming scheme and they will soon
be deleted or merged into the "world" group structure.
The following "world" groups have been gatewayed with the listed
Arpa Internet lists. Some of them may not still be gatewayed due to
broken software and/or gateways; such groups are marked with an
asterisk ("*") in the list below. Please contact me if you should know
of their current status. Also note that the group "comp.lang.forth" is
gatewayed with the Bitnet discussion list "umfo...@weizmann.bitnet".
Usenet Group Arpa Internet list
There are groups in other subcategories, but they are local: to
institutions, to geographic regions, etc. and they are not listed
here. Note that these distribution categories can be used to restrict
the propagation of news articles. Currently, distributions include:
world worldwide distribution (default)
att limited to AT&T
can limited to Canada
eunet limited to European sites
na limited to North America
usa limited to the United States
There may be other regional and local distribution categories available
at your site. Most US states have distribution categories named after
the two letter abbreviation for that state or category (e.g., "ga" for
Georgia, "nj" for New Jersey). Please use an appropriate distribution
category if your article is not likely to be of interest to USENET
Please notify me of any errors or additions to the list below.
net.announce.arpa-internet Announcements from the Arpa world
net.sources For the posting of software packages & documentation.
net.sources.bugs For bug fixes and features discussion
pertaining to items in net.sources
net.sources.games Postings of recreational software
net.sources.mac Software for the Apple Macintosh
mod.announce General announcements of interest to all.
mod.announce.newusers Explanatory postings for new users.
mod.ai Discussions about Artificial Intelligence
mod.amiga Commodore Amiga micros -- info, uses, but no programs.
mod.amiga.binaries Encoded public domain programs in binary form.
mod.amiga.sources Public domain software in source code format.
mod.compilers Discussion about compiler construction, theory, etc.
mod.computers Discussion about various computers and related.
mod.computers.68k 68000-based systems.
mod.computers.apollo Apollo computer systems.
mod.computers.masscomp The Masscomp line of computers.
mod.computers.ibm-pc The IBM PC, PC-XT, and PC-AT.
mod.computers.laser-printers Laser printers, hardware and software.
mod.computers.pyramid Pyramid 90x computers.
mod.computers.ridge Ridge 32 computers and ROS.
mod.computers.sequent Sequent systems, (esp. Balance 8000).
mod.computers.sun Sun "workstation" computers
mod.computers.vax DEC's VAX* line of computers & VMS.
mod.computers.workstations Various workstation-type computers.
mod.conferences Calls for papers and conference announcements.
mod.comp-soc Discussion on the impact of technology on society.
mod.graphics Graphics software, hardware, theory, etc.
mod.human-nets Computer aided communications digest.
mod.mac Apple Macintosh micros -- info, uses, but no programs.
mod.mac.binaries Encoded public domain programs in binary form.
mod.mac.sources Public domain software in source code format.
mod.mag.otherrealms Edited science fiction and fantasy "magazine".
mod.map Various maps, including UUCP maps
mod.music Reviews and discussion of things musical
mod.music.gaffa Progressive music discussions (e.g., Kate Bush).
mod.newprod Announcements of new products of interest to readers
mod.newslists Postings of news-related statistics and lists
mod.os Disussions about operating systems and related areas.
mod.os.os9 Discussions about the os9 operating system.
mod.os.unix Discussion of UNIX* features and bugs.
mod.philosophy Discussion of philosphical issues and concepts.
mod.philosophy.tech Technical philosophy: math, science, logic, etc
mod.politics Discussions on political problems, systems, solutions.
mod.politics.arms-d Arms discussion digest.
mod.protocols Various forms and types of FTP protocol discussions.
mod.protocols.appletalk Applebus hardware & software discussion.
mod.protocols.kermit Information about the Kermit package.
mod.protocols.tcp-ip TCP and IP network protocols.
mod.psi Discussion of paranormal abilities and experiences.
mod.rec Discussions on pastimes (not currently active)
mod.rec.guns Discussions about firearms
mod.recipes A "distributed cookbook" of screened recipes.
mod.religion Top-level group with no moderator (as of yet).
mod.religion.christian Discussions on Christianity and related topics.
mod.risks Risks to the public from computers & users.
mod.sources postings of public-domain sources.
mod.sources.doc Archived public-domain documentation.
mod.sources.games Postings of public-domain game sources
mod.std Discussion about various standards
mod.std.c Discussion about C language standards
mod.std.mumps Discussion for the X11.1 committee on Mumps
mod.std.unix Discussion for the P1003 committee on UNIX
mod.techreports Announcements and lists of technical reports.
mod.telecom Telecommunications digest.
mod.vlsi Very large scale integrated circuits.
comp.ai Artificial intelligence discussions.
comp.arch Computer architecture.
comp.bugs.2bsd Reports of UNIX* version 2BSD related bugs.
comp.bugs.4bsd Reports of UNIX version 4BSD related bugs.
comp.bugs.misc General bug reports and fixes (includes V7 & uucp).
comp.bugs.sys5 Reports of USG (System III, V, etc.) bugs.
comp.cog-eng Cognitive engineering.
comp.databases Database and data management issues and theory.
comp.dcom.lans Local area network hardware and software.
comp.dcom.modems Data communications hardware and software.
comp.edu Computer science education.
comp.emacs EMACS editors of different flavors.
comp.graphics Computer graphics, art, animation, image processing,
comp.lang.ada Discussion about Ada*.
comp.lang.apl Discussion about APL.
comp.lang.c Discussion about C.
comp.lang.c++ The object-oriented C++ language.
comp.lang.forth Discussion about Forth.
comp.lang.fortran Discussion about FORTRAN.
comp.lang.lisp Discussion about LISP.
comp.lang.misc Different computer languages not specifically listed.
comp.lang.modula2 Discussion about Modula-2.
comp.lang.pascal Discussion about Pascal.
comp.lang.prolog Discussion about PROLOG.
comp.lang.smalltalk Discussion about Smalltalk 80.
comp.lsi Large scale integrated circuits.
comp.mail.headers Gatewayed from the ARPA header-people list.
comp.mail.misc General discussions about computer mail.
comp.mail.uucp Mail in the uucp network environment.
comp.misc General topics about computers not covered elsewhere.
comp.org.decus DEC* Users' Society newsgroup.
comp.org.usenix USENIX Association events and announcements.
comp.os.cpm Discussion about the CP/M operating system.
comp.os.eunice The SRI Eunice system.
comp.os.misc General OS-oriented discussion not carried elsewhere.
comp.periphs Peripheral devices.
comp.sources.d For any discussion of source postings.
comp.sources.wanted Requests for software and fixes.
comp.std.internat Discussion about international standards
comp.sys.amiga Discussion about the Amiga micro.
comp.sys.apple Discussion about Apple micros.
comp.sys.atari.8bit Discussion about 8 bit Atari micros.
comp.sys.atari.st Discussion about 16 bit Atari micros.
comp.sys.att Discussions about AT&T microcomputers
comp.sys.cbm Discussion about Commodore micros.
comp.sys.dec Discussions about DEC computer systems.
comp.sys.hp Discussion about Hewlett/Packard's.
comp.sys.ibm.pc Discussion about IBM personal computers.
comp.sys.intel Disucussions about Intel systems and parts.
comp.sys.m6809 Discussion about 6809's.
comp.sys.m68k Discussion about 68k's.
comp.sys.mac Discussions about the Apple Macintosh & Lisa.
comp.sys.misc Micro computers of all kinds.
comp.sys.nsc.32k National Semiconductor 32000 series chips
comp.sys.tandy Discussion about TRS-80's.
comp.sys.ti Discussion about Texas Instruments.
comp.terminals All sorts of terminals.
comp.text Text processing.
comp.unix.questions UNIX neophytes group.
comp.unix.wizards Discussions, bug reports, and fixes on and for UNIX.
comp.unix.xenix Discussion about the Xenix OS.
misc.consumers Consumer interests, product reviews, etc.
misc.consumers.house Discussion about owning and maintaining a house.
misc.forsale Short, tasteful postings about items for sale.
misc.headlines Current interest: drug testing, terrorism, etc.
misc.invest Investments and the handling of money.
misc.jobs Job announcements, requests, etc.
misc.kids Children, their behavior and activities.
misc.legal Legalities and the ethics of law.
misc.misc Various discussions not fitting in any other group.
misc.taxes Tax laws and advice.
misc.test For testing of network software. Very boring.
misc.wanted Requests for things that are needed (NOT software).
news.admin Comments directed to news administrators.
news.config Postings of system down times and interruptions.
news.groups Discussions and lists of newsgroups
news.lists News-related statistics and lists (Moderated)
news.misc Discussions of USENET itself.
news.newsites Postings of new site announcements.
news.software.b Discussion about B news software.
news.software.notes Notesfile software from the Univ. of Illinois.
news.stargate Discussion about satellite transmission of news.
news.sysadmin Comments directed to system administrators.
rec.arts.books Books of all genres, shapes, and sizes.
rec.arts.comics The funnies, old and new.
rec.arts.drwho Discussion about Dr. Who.
rec.arts.movies Reviews and discussions of movies.
rec.arts.poems For the posting of poems.
rec.arts.sf-lovers Science fiction lovers' newsgroup.
rec.arts.startrek Star Trek, the TV show and the movies.
rec.arts.tv The boob tube, its history, and past and current shows.
rec.arts.tv.soaps Postings about soap operas.
rec.arts.wobegon "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show discussion.
rec.audio High fidelity audio.
rec.autos Automobiles, automotive products and laws.
rec.autos.tech Technical aspects of automobiles, et. al.
rec.aviation Aviation rules, means, and methods.
rec.bicycles Bicycles, related products and laws.
rec.birds Hobbyists interested in bird watching.
rec.boats Hobbyists interested in boating.
rec.food.cooking Food, cooking, cookbooks, and recipes.
rec.food.drink Wines and spirits.
rec.games.board Discussion and hints on board games.
rec.games.bridge Hobbyists interested in bridge.
rec.games.chess Chess & computer chess.
rec.games.empire Discussion and hints about Empire.
rec.games.frp Discussion about Fantasy Role Playing games.
rec.games.go Discussion about Go.
rec.games.hack Discussion, hints, etc. about the Hack game.
rec.games.misc Games and computer games.
rec.games.pbm Discussion about Play by Mail games.
rec.games.rogue Discussion and hints about Rogue.
rec.games.trivia Discussion about trivia.
rec.games.video Discussion about video games.
rec.gardens Gardening, methods and results.
rec.ham-radio Amateur Radio practices, contests, events, rules, etc.
rec.ham-radio.packet Discussion about packet radio setups.
rec.humor Jokes and the like. May be somewhat offensive.
rec.humor.d Discussions on the content of rec.humor articles
rec.mag Magazine summaries, tables of contents, etc.
rec.misc General topics about recreational/participant sports.
rec.motorcycles Motorcycles and related products and laws.
rec.music.classical Discussion about classical music.
rec.music.folk Folks discussing folk music of various sorts
rec.music.gdead A group for (Grateful) Dead-heads
rec.music.makers For performers and their discussions.
rec.music.misc Music lovers' group.
rec.music.synth Synthesizers and computer music
rec.nude Hobbyists interested in naturist/nudist activities.
rec.pets Pets, pet care, and household animals in general.
rec.photo Hobbyists interested in photography.
rec.puzzles Puzzles, problems, and quizzes.
rec.railroad Real and model train fans' newsgroup.
rec.scuba Hobbyists interested in SCUBA diving.
rec.skiing Hobbyists interested in skiing.
rec.skydiving Hobbyists interested in skydiving.
rec.sport.baseball Discussion about baseball.
rec.sport.basketball Discussion about basketball.
rec.sport.football Discussion about football.
rec.sport.hockey Discussion about hockey.
rec.sport.misc Spectator sports.
rec.travel Traveling all over the world.
rec.video Video and video components.
rec.woodworking Hobbyists interested in woodworking.
sci.astro Astronomy discussions and information.
sci.bio Biology and related sciences.
sci.crypt Different methods of data en/decryption.
sci.electronics Circuits, theory, electrons and discussions.
sci.lang Natural languages, communication, etc.
sci.math Mathematical discussions and pursuits
sci.math.stat Statistics discussion.
sci.math.symbolic Symbolic algebra discussion.
sci.med Medicine and its related products and regulations.
sci.misc Short-lived discussions on subjects in the sciences.
sci.physics Physical laws, properties, etc.
sci.research Research methods, funding, ethics, and whatever.
sci.space Space, space programs, space related research, etc.
sci.space.shuttle The space shuttle and the STS program.
soc.college College, college activities, campus life, etc.
soc.culture.african Discussions about Africa & things African
soc.culture.celtic Group about Celtics (*not* basketball!)
soc.culture.greek Group about Greeks.
soc.culture.indian Group for discussion about India & things Indian
soc.culture.jewish Group for discussion about Jewish culture & religion
soc.culture.misc Group for discussion about other cultures
soc.misc Socially-oriented topics not in other groups.
soc.motss Issues pertaining to homosexuality.
soc.roots Genealogical matters.
soc.singles Newsgroup for single people, their activities, etc.
soc.net-people Announcements, requests, etc. about people on the net.
soc.women Women's rights, discrimination, etc.
talk.abortion All sorts of discussions and arguments on abortion.
talk.bizarre The unusual, bizarre, curious, and often stupid.
talk.origins Evolution versus creationism (sometimes hot!).
talk.philosophy.misc Philosophical musings on all topics.
talk.politics.misc Political discussions and ravings of all kinds.
talk.politics.theory Theory of politics and political systems.
talk.religion.misc Religious, ethical, & moral implications.
talk.rumors For the posting of rumors.
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