How to Add Newsgroups to Usenet

By: Fast Usenet on: October 24th, 2010

Creating a new newsgroup is a great way to keep Usenet alive and kicking with new ideas for people to share. Fast Usenet makes it very simple to add a new group. We can add any newsgroup to the alt* hierarchy. All you have to do is send us the name of the new newsgroup and your username and it would be up and running in just a few days.

But if you wanted a new newsgroup outside of the alt* hierarchy, it would need to be voted on by The Usenet Volunteer Vote-Takers, which is a group of neutral third-party vote-takers who currently handle vote gathering and counting for all new newsgroup proposals.

The coordinators of the group can be reached at, you can contact them to arrange the handling of the vote for your proposed newsgroup. The mechanics of the vote are handled here:

Below is the same information that is quoted in this link, so you can read it here or read it there along with other information that might be useful when creating a new newsgroup. The voting process is as follows in a nutshell.

1) Your newsgroups goes through a discussion period.

2) Voting period lasts for at least 21 days.

3) A couple of repeats of the call for votes may be posted during the Vote.

4) ONLY votes MAILED to the vote-taker will count.

5) Votes may not be transferred to other, similar proposals.

6) Votes must be explicit.

7) A vote should be run only for a single group proposal.