OT: The state of Usenet

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!
Reply to
Pogonip
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.
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I used to rely heavily on her page. Looks like a body still can!
Reply to
Pogonip
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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Juno
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). ;-)
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BEI Design
"Pogonip" wrote in message
:-)) One of my all time favourite sites. I have quite a few in my bookmarks. Kate's site is another.
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Farm1

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