Originally shared by Edward Morbius
What benefits has Usenet provided your professional or academic life?
It was the first social network. It stopped being relevant to my life at about the time Fortune 500 CEOs learned what it was. Now I’m just grateful that I never posted to it anything that was humiliating or criminal.
Why do you think the Renaming was originally met with such resistance?
It was a stupid idea perpetrated by insomniac control freak buffoons. But it did provide months of excellent schadenfreude surrounding (for example) alt.aquaria, rec.aquaria, sci.aquaria, and comp.aquaria. It was lots of fun watching people simmer in their own righteous indignation.