This is a partial list of newsgroups that are significant for their popularity or their position in Usenet history. These are the most widely distributed and carefully controlled newsgroup hierarchies. See Big 8 Usenet and the Great Renaming for more information. Topics related to the humanities fine arts, literature, philosophy, Classical Latin , etc. Matters related to the functioning of Usenet itself. Examples include:.
The alt. Unlike most of the other hierarchies, there is no centralized control of the hierarchy and anyone who is technically capable of creating a newsgroup can do so. In practice, however, most newsgroups follow an informal procedure involving a public discussion in alt. This procedure is designed to help the potential creator better understand what factors contribute to a newsgroup's success.