I’ve been wondering of late if that will ultimately be the greatest contribution of the net to history
The Usenet leverages many of the key Internet features. The key features of the Usenet itself are facilitation
of group collaboration in a common virtual space, as described below.
communications. The Usenet is a powerful facilitator of group communication
across time and geographic space. One person can post a message on the Usenet,
another person reply to it, and a third person reply to either
message, no matter where they are in the world, and whenever is convenient to
Usenet messages are organized in newsgroups and threads
that are stored in Usenet archives indefinitely for later retrieval by anyone that wishes to access them, even years later, connecting people across generations.
- Common space. The
Usenet is the second largest common public space in existence, next to the Internetitself. Anyone can post anything they wish to any newsgroup, and anyone can read
any message they wish from any newsgroup.
Like most common spaces, the Usenet therefore reflects the best and worst of human nature, from community newsgroups where people are focused on selflessly helping each other, to less worthwhile groups where the postings are filled with pointless and counterproductive information.
Like most common spaces, messages posted on the
Usenet are public property and can be freely copied and reused in other sources, although
Usenet netiquette mandates that credit should always be provided.