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Old 05-01-2020, 08:31 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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I am trying to remember a now-defunct internet forum that I used to enjoy reading and posting on. Pretty sure it was associated with a big name like AOL, Yahoo, Google - that level. They used a lot of the "alt." labels. Like one subforum was labeled "alt.dumpsterdiving" (lol). It was like City Data in that there were sub-forums on every subject under the sun.



Anyway, it got totally destroyed by spam, many years ago. Anyone with a better memory than me? It might have been called a message board rather than a forum.
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Old 05-01-2020, 08:54 AM
 
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usenet.

the alt. was one area. misc. and other prefixes were also used.

I am convinced that usenet was destroyed intentionally to being the users into the for-profit models, such as facebook. Give humans enough time and incentive and they will destroy anything good.
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Old 05-01-2020, 08:54 AM
 
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Sounds like Usenet. Still around.
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Old 05-01-2020, 08:56 AM
 
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usenet.

the alt. was one area. misc. and other prefixes were also used.

I am convinced that usenet was destroyed intentionally to being the users into the for-profit models, such as facebook. Give humans enough time and incentive and they will destroy anything good.
Not really “destroyed”, just filled with porn and movie binaries instead of posts.
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Old 05-01-2020, 09:04 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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I am trying to remember a now-defunct internet forum that I used to enjoy reading and posting on. Pretty sure it was associated with a big name like AOL, Yahoo, Google - that level. They used a lot of the "alt." labels. Like one subforum was labeled "alt.dumpsterdiving" (lol). It was like City Data in that there were sub-forums on every subject under the sun.



Anyway, it got totally destroyed by spam, many years ago. Anyone with a better memory than me? It might have been called a message board rather than a forum.
If you liked that sort of thing, I would recommend Reddit. THAT has every subject under the sun it seems. The subjects or forums are called "subreddits".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reddit
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Old 05-01-2020, 09:38 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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Thanks, that was it. Can't believe it is still around.


I just found Reddit recently and I do like it.
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Old 05-01-2020, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I loved hanging out on rec.travel.air, rec.autos.driving, and misc.transport.road until spam and porn ruined them.
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Old 05-08-2020, 02:18 PM
 
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I loved hanging out on rec.travel.air, rec.autos.driving, and misc.transport.road until spam and porn ruined them.

Ah the good old days. The Ascii sig lines (Please not over 7 lines). Have you ever googled the oldest email address you can remember and see what comes up? I can pull things up from 1988 (before that we didn't use the @ symbol)
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Old 05-09-2020, 05:01 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Ah the good old days. The Ascii sig lines (Please not over 7 lines). Have you ever googled the oldest email address you can remember and see what comes up? I can pull things up from 1988 (before that we didn't use the @ symbol)
I was using it in the 90s. In the late 80s all i had was Prodigy. A google search says it might be possible to still access those, but I never tried.
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Old 05-09-2020, 07:31 AM
 
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I was using it in the 90s. In the late 80s all i had was Prodigy. A google search says it might be possible to still access those, but I never tried.

I was using Usenet in the 80s but there wasn't a standardized addressing scheme. You actually had to specify the route using server names, exclamation poits, etc. uucp was the transfer protocal. Someone at your site had to administer it. I think we used 3 or 4 different 'upstream' connections and we fed a couple 'downstream' ones. Some sites didn't carry the rec or alt groups, some would limit how long or when you could connect. A lot was a matter of who you knew or if you had a friend of a friend who ....
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