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What Is A Newsgroup Web Archive

A Newsgroup Web Archive is a collection of all stored messages and articles that can be accessed with a web browser such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Opera. Without a newsgroup archive, a Usenet Service wouldn’t last very long since its existence relies solely on the archive itself. Another word used commonly in the Usenet vocabulary is retention. Like an archive, retention is the amount of time that articles (information) is stored on a Usenet server.

Newsgroup web archive is built on the idea of sharing, also called peering. Sharing articles is what really makes Usenet function and this process fills up the servers that are owned by many different Usenet service providers. All those services share their information around the world with other Usenet services, including their competitors. Web archives are stored on servers that have many hard drives and over time the archives can go back days, weeks, months, and even years.

Accessing The Web Archive

Like we mentioned before, newsgroup web archive are articles that are accessed with your web browser. This form of accessing the web archive is called using the “web-to-news gateway”. Using specific software that works with the web browser turns your web browser into a basic newsreader which works great for browsing text and image based newsgroups.

Once you have an account at Fast Usenet, you can log into the members area of the home page (www.fastusenet.org) and log into the servers that way, or you can just type the server name into your URL address bar at the top of your browser (webnews.fastusenet.org).

Either way, once you are logged into the server, you can read text, post text, view images, and post binaries. All this is done using a web browser to access newsgroup web archives using the web-to-news gateway which is a very good way to get an introduction to Usenet and see what it’s all about.

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