Newsgroups

A newsgroup is a discussion about a particular subject consisting of notes written to a central Internet site and redistributed through Usenet, a worldwide network of news discussion groups. Usenet uses the Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP).

Newsgroups are organized into subject hierarchies, with the first few letters of the newsgroup name indicating the major subject category

Some major subject categories are: news, rec (recreation), soc (society), sci (science) etc.

Users can post to existing newsgroups, respond to previous posts, and create new newsgroups.

Some newsgroups are moderated by a designated person who decides which postings to allow or to remove. Most newsgroups are unmoderated.
Most online news allows the reader to comment about their feelings towards the story. I found this article on the Independent website and created a username. I then was allowed to comment on any news story on the website. If you wanted to see if people had replied to your comment you had to create an account.
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