I'm sorry for the hotlist-gone-mad structure of this page, but it gets updated really only sporadically, and it's pretty much this or nothing.

Certain things ought to be required reading for anyone interested in hacking on news:

Good Net-Keeping Seal of Approval 1.2

Much of my time and effort these days has gone into the fight to make newsreaders compliant with RFC 1036. I think very highly of Ron Newman's work on the Good Net-Keeping Seal of Approval, and have included here a list of some recent evaluations of popular Usenet agents. You may be interested in knowing why there isn't a chance in hell that Microsoft Internet News will ever receive high marks from this project, and also how they could do it right if they cared to try.

The following newsreaders have passed the requirements for the Good Net-Keeping Seal of Approval:

The following newsreaders have failed the requirements for the Good Net-Keeping Seal of Approval: If you'd like to evaluate a newsreader against the Good Net-Keeping Seal of Approval, please send your evaluation to me and I'll be happy to include it here.


Other projects affiliated with this religious war of mine: Some unofficial bug fixes that I wrote after becoming completely fed up:


Here are some other useful or innovative sources of Usenet-related information.
Tim Pierce <>

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