I have participated on Usenet newsgroups since 1990. My first exposure
to Usenet was the Stupid People's Court (aka, rec.humor.spc), created by
Jeff Meyer. I currently host [http://www.novia.net/~pschleck/spc/
most complete direct archive"].
The Stupid People's Court, or SPC, was a satire of the TV show People's
Court (an early reality show that emulated a small claims court) that
attempted to make net-etiquette offenders on the early Usenet "stand
trial" for their offenses, and receive humorously ironic punishments.
It was a brilliant send-up of unproductive on-line behavior, and was an
early influence on my participation on-line.
Other more serious groups that I have regularly followed since then are
rec.ham-radio (later rec.radio.amateur.*) and comp.dcom.telecom.
I served on the editorial board for a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
list for rec.radio.amateur.* from
approximately 1991 to 1995 (FAQ is now defunct after last chief editor
gave it up, and is arguably superseded by the outstanding resources
available for amateur radio at the [http://www.arrl.org
"web site of the
American Radio Relay League"]).
I created, maintained, and posted to the Usenet newsgroups from 1991 to
2000, another information resource called the "Amateur Radio Elmers
Resource Directory," which was a list of mentors, experts, and gurus for
amateur radio on the net. The term "Elmer" in amateur radio refers to
an expert, usually older and wiser.
I was a co-moderator for the *.answers newsgroups, working with chief
moderator Jonathan Kamens and the rest of his team.
I also previously served as a Usenet Volunteer Votetaker, conducting
votes for comp.sys.psion and sci.techniques.microscopy.
In 1993, I helped Mark Salyzyn create and maintain rec.radio.info,
initially serving as guest moderator, and currently as chief moderator.
In 2007, I was the proponent for rec.radio.amateur.moderated, organizing
its moderation team, setting up an instance of
"Secure, Team-Based Usenet
Moderation Program"] or STUMP, and currently serving as chief moderator.
I have also assisted several other moderation teams set up their own
instances of STUMP to moderate their own newsgroups.
I wish to share my experience and knowledge of Usenet with others and
ensure Usenet's long-term survival as a personally and professionally
useful information resource.