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  CATEGORY                          WHAT IT INCLUDES

    sci        science (physics, math, engineering, medicine, psychology)
    bionet     biology (the biology network)
    comp       computers (hardware, operating systems, programming)

    biz        business (business news, marketing, advertising)
    k12        K-12 education (from kindergarten through the 12th grade)

    rec        recreation (hobbies, sports, arts, cooking, pets)
    soc        society (culture, history, genealogy, socializing, personals)
    talk       debate (politics, unusual religions)

    misc       miscellaneous (investments, jobs, immigration, transportation)
    alt        alternative thinking on thousands of topics (usually unmoderated)

    can        Canada (Canadian events, opinions, and personals)
    aus        Australia (Australian events, opinions, and personals)
    nz         New Zealand (New Zealand events, opinions and personals)
    uk         United Kingdom (Great Britain & Northern Ireland events, opinions, and personals)

    fr         France (French events, opinions, and personals, written in French)
    it         Italy (Italian events, opinions, and personals, written in Italian)

    es         Espana (Spain events, opinions, and personals, written in Spanish)
    chile      Chile (Chile events, opinions, and personals, written in Spanish)

    de         Deutschland (German events, opinions, and personals, written in German)
    at         Austria (Austrian events, opinions, and personals, written in German)

    microsoft  Microsoft's software (technical support, using beta versions)
    symantec   Symantec's software (Norton utilities, anti-virus, Java)
    linux      Linux (which is a version of the Unix operating system)

    news       announcements about newsgroups, analysis of newsgroups

The most common category is "alt" since about 40% of all newsgroups are in the "alt" category.  Though beginners think "alt" stands for "alternative", experts know it stands for "anarchist, lunatics, and terrorists", unmoderated and less useful.


The Secret Guide to Computers by Russ Walter

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