Definitions for newsgroupˈnuzˌgrup, ˈnyuz-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a discussion group on a specific topic, maintained on a computer network.
Origin of newsgroup:
A group of people who post messages about a single subject on a computer network.
The New Hacker's Dictionary
[Usenet] One of Usenet's huge collection of topic groups or fora. Usenet groups can be unmoderated (anyone can post) or moderated (submissions are automatically directed to a moderator, who edits or filters and then posts the results). Some newsgroups have parallel mailing lists for Internet people with no netnews access, with postings to the group automatically propagated to the list and vice versa. Some moderated groups (especially those which are actually gatewayed Internet mailing lists) are distributed as digests, with groups of postings periodically collected into a single large posting with an index.Among the best-known are comp.lang.c (the C-language forum), comp.arch (on computer architectures), comp.unix.wizards (for Unix wizards), rec.arts.sf.written and siblings (for science-fiction fans), and talk.politics.misc (miscellaneous political discussions and flamage).
A Usenet newsgroup is a repository usually within the Usenet system, for messages posted from many users in different locations. The term may be confusing to some, because it is in fact a discussion group. Newsgroups are technically distinct from, but functionally similar to, discussion forums on the World Wide Web. Newsreader software is used to read newsgroups. In recent years, this form of open discussion on the Internet has lost considerable ground to browser-accessible forums and social networks such as Facebook or Twitter, and are sometimes considered obsolete.
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