useful links for anyone proposing their first news group.
Some commonly-held (mis)assumptions about alt.* and alt.config
The current favorite amongst alt.config regulars.
Two more excellent FAQs. Both unfortunately very out of date.
Tools and special purpose FAQs:
To check if a group already exists, construct a link from this template.
- If your link returns a file, then a group by that name
- The charter, if one exists, will be in the original control
- This template / link will also work with big-8 groups and
public hierarchies. It will not work with groups on private news
".gz"extension simply indicates a Unix compressed file, any recent
WinZip will open it.
- ftp.isc.org is an archive of almost every public newsgroup
message sent since 1992 including many that your ISP probably does
To validate a potential new newsgroup name, this tool written by Peter
J Ross and now hosted here will check for many common problems.
To check propagation of your new group, this handy tool searches
approximately fifty different news service providers at once.
If you are considering proposing a moderated news group, please read
this FAQ first.
If you still think
you want to
go this route read both of these, then
re-read the first one!
Useful to proponents and a must read for future
configers, a former maintainer of the ISC archives David "Tale"
For proposals that belong in the UK hierarchy: Please go bug these dudes.
A page similar to this one with a few links I don't have.