Big 8 (Usenet)

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The Big 8 (previously the Big 7) are a group of newsgroup hierarchies established after the Great Renaming, a restructuring of Usenet that took place in 1987.wikipedia
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Usenet

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The Big 8 (previously the Big 7) are a group of newsgroup hierarchies established after the Great Renaming, a restructuring of Usenet that took place in 1987.
Usenet newsgroups in the Big-8 hierarchy are created by proposals called a Request for Discussion, or RFD.

Great Renaming

The Great Renaming
The Big 8 (previously the Big 7) are a group of newsgroup hierarchies established after the Great Renaming, a restructuring of Usenet that took place in 1987.
These hierarchies, known collectively as the "Big Seven", were open and free for anyone to participate in (except for the moderated newsgroups), though they were subject to a few general rules governing their naming and distribution.

Alt.* hierarchy

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alt.* was not part of the original seven but created separately as a place with more freedom and fewer rules than the Big 7.
Two major sections of the alt.* hierarchy, the alt.sex.* and alt.binaries.* hierarchies, have been found to fit better in the alt.* hierarchy than the Big-eight.

Usenet newsgroup

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The Big 8 (previously the Big 7) are a group of newsgroup hierarchies established after the Great Renaming, a restructuring of Usenet that took place in 1987.

Hierarchy

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The Big 8 (previously the Big 7) are a group of newsgroup hierarchies established after the Great Renaming, a restructuring of Usenet that took place in 1987.

Moderation

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They were open and free for anyone to participate in (except for the moderated newsgroups), though they were subject to a few general rules governing their naming and distribution.

Comp.* hierarchy

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The original seven hierarchies were comp.*, misc.*, news.*, rec.*, sci.*, soc.*, and talk.*.

News

current eventscurrent affairsNews program

Recreation

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Entertainment

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Sci.* hierarchy

sci.*sci.langsci.math.research
The original seven hierarchies were comp.*, misc.*, news.*, rec.*, sci.*, soc.*, and talk.*.

Controversy

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List of newsgroups

rec.arts.movies.reviews
See Big 8 (Usenet) and the Great Renaming for more information.

ClariNet

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existing as a proprietary newsgroup hierarchy independent to the Big 8 hierarchies.

Usenet II

All groups had names starting "net.", which serve to distinguish them from the "Big 8" (misc.*, sci.*, news.*, rec.*, soc.*, talk.*, comp.*, humanities.*).

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Time Warner Cable ceased offering Usenet altogether, Sprint ended access to the 18,408 newsgroups in the alt.* hierarchy, and Verizon limited its Usenet offerings to the approximately 3,000 Big 8 newsgroups.

Control message

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Newsgroup maintenance of the main Usenet hierarchies (Big 8 and regional hierarchies) is done through signed control messages.