Usenet2 discussions on Space?
Interested in a more civil discussion group than sci.space.*?
Haven't found an appealing web discussion board on space?
Join me in net.science.misc.
About net.*: Usenet2 has rules which limit
cross-posting and other undesirable behaviors, and I have found
usenet2 culture so far to be more civil than Big 8 Usenet culture.
For lots more general information on usenet2, see the official web page.
Why net.science.misc?: Since net.science.misc,
like most usenet2 groups as of fall 1997, has no traffic, there is no
danger that space posts will get lost among non-space posts. If there
is sufficient space traffic we can get an appropriate group created
(net.technology.space or whatever).
OK, How do I get net.science.misc? If you
see no traffic, don't panic, this is a group (and hierarchy) in the
process of coming together. If you want to be able to post, ask your
provider whether they plan to carry net.*, or panix and newsguy are two providers who already
- May 1998: Thread about electric propulsion, radiation belts, &c.
- Mar 1998: Thread in net.science.misc (not started by me!) about
Lunar Prospector's discovery of water on the moon.
- Jan 1998: I posted to net.science.misc about John Glenn's flight
and this attracted some traffic about tethers and other subjects.
- Jan 1998: Thread in net.humour.talk about shuttle computers.
Although the thread drifted away from humour (and presumably will die
out), it was probably the longest-lived space thread to date on
usenet2. That this happened in net.humour.* might tell us something
about the state of the Shuttle and Mir programs :-).
- Nov 1997: I posted a few space articles to net.science.misc. I
got a few followups. What got the most reactions, not too
surprisingly, seemed to be stuff which would make sense to someone
besides a space expert/activist, such as the latest crisis on Mir or
"what countries have launched rockets to orbit?"
- Oct 1997: I wrote the net.science czar about my plan to encourage
space-related discussions in net.science.misc, and he had no
- Sep 1997: There was a thread on a usenet2 group for space in
sci.space.policy in late September, 1997, and I also mentioned it
privately to at least one potentially interested person.
What else? No doubt there are other things which
could be done, such as making a list of people who are potentially
interested (but who perhaps haven't yet gotten usenet2 access),
publicizing this page (links are welcome), &c. I don't have firm
plans to do anything beyond what I have done so far.
This page is part of Jim
Kingdon's space markets page.