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R.I.P., A.F.H. 
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MajorOz wrote:
I always enjoyed afh.

Great gobs of threads that any or all could participate in or ignore.

It never required sign-in or password.

It never appeared self-righteous or pretentious.

It never claimed exclusivity.

Posts never had to pass a gatekeeper (it had a "send" button, not a "submit" button)

It came about to escape the AOL nannies.

All the things that characterize this forum.

Most of all.........it was fun, but became uncool after the purge.

oz, who checks in ever year or so to see if anything has changed........


Perhaps someone can explain "the purge" to someone (me) who has only been paying attention for about two years?

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Post Re: R.I.P., A.F.H.
RobertPearson wrote:
MajorOz wrote:
I always enjoyed afh.

[snips] Most of all.........it was fun, but became uncool after the purge.

oz, who checks in ever year or so to see if anything has changed........


Perhaps someone can explain "the purge" to someone (me) who has only been paying attention for about two years?


The Usenet Newsgroups [save the groups that were moderated and there were damned few of those] were an anarchy. There was no way for a set of purgers to throw the purgees out of a news group. Check James Gifford's post on Aug 01 on the third page of this thread. I was one of the offenders who got caught up in the "fluff wars" he mentioned. OTOH, I didn't like His Snideness much either and was never one of his cronies.

What happened to A.F.H. was not uncommon in the Usenet's heyday - people came and went as they chose. As long as a newsgroup kept their interest, they stayed. If the focus, general tenor, or spats with other denizens grew onerous, they left. Purged themselves, in other words.

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Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:03 pm
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Thanks! I have a vague, vague memory of looking at the Heinlein alt. group once or twice, sometime in the late 90s. My interest in RAH was somewhat fallow at the time. I spent more time at a couple of groups that were of a more, shall we say, salacious nature. Instead, I could have met some of the good people here that many years earlier. As Sir Isaac would say:

Shucks!

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Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:30 pm
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What killed Usenet for me was when the local providers stopped providing servers with active feeds. I know there are web-based alternatives out there, but I used to read a lot on both SFF Net (non-feed usenet server) and several usenet groups using the Agent tool. I did find some service that had a good feed that included a.f.h but by then traffic had dropped off enough that I wasn't missing anything.


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JusTin wrote:
What killed Usenet for me was when the local providers stopped providing servers with active feeds.

Credit it to a double punch from the vague notion of homeland security - AOL et al. didn't want to take responsibility for discussions in Usenet groups over which they had no control - being the final shot after the expense of running an NNTP server started to get under providers' skin.

Oh, and the total lack of any way to squeeze a dime from it. Talk about leprosy...


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