OT: The state of Usenet

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Hard facts.  Usenet is dying.  Going the way of the Bulletin Board.  
ISPs are dropping, or have dropped, access to newsgroups.  Connecting is  
no longer so simple, now you have to find a service, sign up for it, and  
set it up to download the groups you want.  Meanwhile, people stop  
participating.  For lots of reasons, I would guess.  Usenet has been  
around a long time -- some of us are dying.  Others have lost interest  
in old topics.  Some are finding their needs met by other forms.  Yahoo  
groups, for example.  Facebook.  It is what it is.  Instead of hundreds  
of posts, there is a small trickle.  Many newsgroups have no posts  
whatsoever.

This is not the U.N.  Civilization will continue.  If you want Usenet to  
be here, then you have to post, and post often.  Interact with other  
posters.  Make nice.  If you are thin skinned and take offense easily,  
Usenet, and perhaps the Internet, is not the place for you.  You cannot  
see the person's face, hear the tone of their voice, or see their "body  
language."  If you assume the worst, I'm reasonably confident that they  
will accommodate you.  If you consider that the comment may be coming  
from a friendly face, with perhaps a bit of dry wit or even a touch of  
sarcasm, you may "hear" it differently.  I recommend giving the benefit  
of the doubt, but you're in charge of your own experience.

Because there is a wealth of experience here for anyone to tap, I would  
suggest having a backup plan of sorts.  Make friends, exchange email  
addresses, connect in other forums, because when Usenet finally dies,  
we'll all be out here alone, except for those connections we've made,  
the bridges we've built.

If you just want to tell me to FOAD, that's your right, too.  And right  
back atcha!
--  
Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth.milky-way.com
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Re: OT: The state of Usenet
On 10/28/2013 9:54 PM, Pogonip wrote:
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and to you I send a great big grin. love your post
Juno

Re: OT: The state of Usenet
On 10/28/2013 7:02 PM, Juno wrote:
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Thank you.  Sending you a big hug.  Even though I'm not a hugger.  ;-)

In poking around, I had a serendipitous moment -- Lily Abello's list is  
still alive.
http://www.lilyabello.com/sewdir

I used to rely heavily on her page.  Looks like a body still can!
--  
Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth.milky-way.com
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Re: OT: The state of Usenet
On 10/28/2013 10:07 PM, Pogonip wrote:
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And one back to you. I love your honesty, sincerity  and realistic take  
on the world.
I wish you could meet my grandson "E". He's not a hugger either but  
gives virtual hugs. He stands about 10 feet away and gives the best  air  
hugs I've ever had.

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:-))  One of my all time favourite sites.  I have quite a few in my  
bookmarks.  Kate's site is another.  



Re: The state of Usenet
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Well said, Joanne.  I have also been saddened by the diminishing of  
activity here, and I miss many of the former regulars.  There is  
certainly much truth in what you have written.

Happily, I have maintained private e-mail correspondence with  
several folks in this group (waves, you know who you are).  ;-)

--  
Beverly
http://www.ickes.us


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