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How can I create a Usenet newsgroup?

I would like to create a Usenet discussion group in the Big Eight hierarchy. I am not interested in hosting a chat room or internet forum, or creating a newsgroup in alt.*.

I know how to read Usenet and I use a news server that I am happy with.

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@Richard - You could delete the question - But there really is no need. It is a good question, just started out wrong. Also Big Seven was renamed to Big 8 - But I guess you knew that already :) – BinaryMisfit Sep 18 '09 at 13:19
@Diago, I'd still like to delete the question. I tried but I can't. I guess they added a talk.* hierarchy, making it Big Eight, but it is the Usenet equivalent to Community Wiki, and I don't read it. – Richard Hoskins Sep 18 '09 at 13:24
@Richard. Looking at the upvotes keeping it open was a better decision. – BinaryMisfit Sep 18 '09 at 13:54
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Taking your comments into consideration, and the lack of information on the Big 7, this is what I can find regarding creating a newsgroup in the Big 8.

Before a new Big 8 newsgroup can be created, an RFD (Request For Discussion) must be posted into the newsgroup news.announce.newgroups, which is then discussed in news.groups.proposals. Once the proposal has been formalized with a name, description, charter, the Big-8 Management Board will vote on whether to create the group. If the proposal is approved by the Big-8 Management Board, the group is created. Groups are removed in a similar manner.


There is a fairly recent article here that takes you through the steps for creating one. To be honest it seems quite complex, however it may just be a perception and it really is a lot easier to get it approved.

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Here is some information you may find useful.

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Is that information still relevant? It seems rather old; I've also found another article (on the first page of results from Google) that was dating back to 1999 about this subject. – alex Sep 18 '09 at 12:20
In case you hadn't noticed, Usenet hasn't really moved on from 1999 ;) – Lunatik Sep 18 '09 at 13:43

What you are looking for a News / NNTP protocol Server. I cannot recommend any over any others, but there is a list available here (also contains a few clients)

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@Will - Want to look at adjusting your answer now? – BinaryMisfit Sep 18 '09 at 13:20
Shall I just delete my response? the only thing I would post would be a duplicate of paul.lydon's link – William Hilsum Sep 18 '09 at 13:42
@Will - I wouldn't. It's a valid answer and considering that the Big 8 seems complex, still a viable option. – BinaryMisfit Sep 18 '09 at 13:47

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