[TUHS] Old Usenet newsreader source code?

Grant Taylor gtaylor at tnetconsulting.net
Wed May 9 04:28:25 AEST 2018

On 05/08/2018 11:53 AM, Seth Morabito wrote:
> I think a lot about the death of Usenet, the reasons for it, and what 
> we've learned. I don't know if I've come to any insightful conclusions, 
> but I do greatly miss it. In so many ways we've gone backward. We lost a 
> truly decentralized message board system where one log-in allowed you to 
> read anything about any topic, and replaced it with a mess of 
> incompatible systems. On one hand we've got phpBB forums scattered all 
> over the web that don't talk to each other, each of which requires its 
> own login and password. On the other hand we have walled gardens like 
> Reddit and Facebook that offer much of what Usenet did, but with clumsy 
> user interfaces and centralized control and massive privacy concerns. 
> There's just nothing like Usenet.

I've seen multiple people in this thread talk as if Usenet is gone / dead.

As an active Usenet user (daily) I wonder why people say that.  I still 
see a number of good conversations take place in newsgroups.

I also participate in newsgroups hosted on an open to the public but not 
peered news server daily.

I wonder how much of what is on the web could possibly benefit from a 
good web interface to a (potentially moderated) newsgroup.

Why re-invent storing and exchanging messages when NNTP works.  …well in 
my opinion.

> I find more and more communities moving to Facebook, which worries me 
> greatly. I'm not a fan. Other than that, mailing lists seem to continue 
> to cling to life as the gold standard of technical communication.

I just saw this happen on NANOG.  Someone asked about a group for DSL 
Network Operators and subsequently someone else mentioned that they just 
created a Facebook group, which got the obligatory "what about people 
that don't use Facebook" follow up.  Predictably there was yet another 
follow up indicating that it was the fault of people not using Facebook 
for not being able to access a public forum.

I am personally quite happy with (properly configured) mailing lists and 

Grant. . . .
unix || die

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