In Usenet, whenever a single newsgroup got too large, it tended to fork. So from comp we got comp.sys.ibm.pc which split into smaller and smaller groups like the unloved comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.video, created because people were sick of talking about video drivers on the main group.
I didn't like forks, because they make discussions less interesting. I mean, it's bad enough there's a comp.software.windows.nt.40.microsoft.notepad, does there have to be a comp.software.windows.nt.40.microsoft.notepad.helpfile.index? Seriously now.
But my aversion to forking notwithstanding, there's just too much traffic in the Joel on Software discussion group. Things wind up scrolling off right away and discussion has to be fast and furious or you lose it. So as an experiment in forking, I've set up a few new groups:
Just kidding about #4 there. The Gilmore Girls is holy. Can't mess with that.
If any of these groups doesn't have enough daily traffic, it'll go the way of the old New Yorkers group and the Delphi group, bless them, in the Joel on Software graveyard.
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