Participants usually use news readers to access Usenet content. The Usenet is still an important collection of knowledge today, dating back to the late 1980s. One can easily research in all or selected forums and still participate in discussions today. For example, developers still discuss technical topics intensively in Usenet.
In addition, there is the Binary Usenet, which can also distribute binary files. Here, photos, videos, music, MP3 files and even software can be made publicly accessible. This Binary Usenet is also still heavily used. Read more about the benefits of Usenet. Public domain content is distributed here, such as documents, eBooks and music. However, illegal content is also made available in this network.
How the Usenet works
If you want to use the Usenet, you have to rethink a little – it works differently than on the web. This is how Wikipedia explains how to use the Usenet:
- Someone writes an article (a news or an article) for the newspaper (newsgroup).
- A reader refers to this article and writes a letter (a follow-up) to the newspaper.
- Through the publication, this letter becomes an article to which further readers can refer, thus creating a two-way communication.
However, the Usenet differs in that it does not have an editorial team that makes a pre-selection of the articles or reader letters to be published. An exception are the relatively few moderated newsgroups, whose moderators, however, are generally democratically elected and bound by majority decisions.
The advantages of Usenet are its speed and the high number of participants. Within a few hours, huge discussion trees (so-called threads) can be created on controversial topics. Due to its multiple redundant distribution to thousands of news servers in many different countries, Usenet is also comparatively insensitive to censorship.
Access to the Usenet
The Usenet offers an incredible amount of information and content. There are free ways to use the Usenet – but often with restrictions. Depending on which server you contact, access is slow and/or limited in terms of content. Although access to usenet.nl is subject to a charge after the 14-day test phase, it is really extremely fast and is a good choice for anyone who wants to use the Usenet intensively.