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    Alternative Newsgroups (ALT Newsgroups) are devoted to specific (sometimes controversial) topics. ALT newsgroups are rarely moderated and almost anyone can create one.

    A newsgroup is like a forum where participants can reply to previous posts and follow a newsgroup relevant to their interests by subscribing to it free of charge. Since ALT newsgroups are rarely moderated, participants can also create their own newsgroup about anything, from ranting or raving about a movie to informing others about a current political issue. Other Usenet users can access and react to the participant’s posts.

    ALT newsgroups are accessible through Usenet, a large network where participants can download the newsgroup they want. Newsgroup topics can range from lists of news servers (alt.free.newsservers) to very specific groups like alt.food.wine.

    To access an ALT Newsgroup, participants must have an account with a news server like Usenetserver, Astraweb, GigaNews, among others. Some Internet providers allow access to newsgroups but only a few are accessible because of limited storage capacity.

    After a participant creates a news server account, he/she should download a news client or reader. Alt.binz and GrabIt are free news readers available for download from the Internet. Like BitTorrent, news readers allow participants to select and download the newsgroup that they want. Participants can easily browse through and download newsgroups including ALT newsgroups afterward.

    Participants who do not want to go through the hassle of downloading and installing news reader programs can access Usenet through the Internet. All they need if they use a web based Usenet service is a good Internet connection and a web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Opera, etc.). Participants can access Usenet through Google Groups, Mailgate, NewsOne.Net, Newsranger and a Randori News.

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    8 comments
    1. Arto8196

      29 October, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      Google Groups isn’t the newsgroups, idiot.

      Reply
    2. Ryan Bickle

      29 August, 2014 at 8:50 am

      I have been using newshosting as my service for years now for reading posts and submitting things. It is an endless world. The tutorial that I usually send people looking to jump in is here: http://www.animevortex.net/blog/thesaint/general/how-to-use-news-groups-for-downloading-anime-for-beginners/ – which is the best walk through I have ever seen since I came across this really awesome run down of IRC back in the day (I have no clue what the url was). Anyways, that newsgroup tutorial is literally the most detailed coverage ever. Someone literally had far too much free time on their hands but kudos to them!

      Reply
    3. Kerplunk

      7 January, 2014 at 1:43 am

      Scroll and subscribe

      Reply
    4. Mark

      1 April, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      I want to find the news grow[ps I used in the late 90’s. Like alt.mushrooms

      Reply
    5. Karen

      30 March, 2012 at 1:56 am

      Newsgroups are good

      Reply
    6. cameron

      11 February, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      Free Catholic list        I’m trying to find this Newsgroup I was on years ago

      Reply
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