Difference between newsgroups

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by RReznikoff, Sep 1, 2004.

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    RReznikoff Guest

    What is the difference between "comp.graphics.apps.photoshop" and
    "alt.graphics.photoshop"?
     
    RReznikoff, Sep 1, 2004
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    Alex R Guest

    More trolls on alt.graphics.photoshop

    AlexR.
     
    Alex R, Sep 1, 2004
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    Tacit Guest

    What is the difference between >"comp.graphics.apps.photoshop" and
    Newsgroups in the "alt" hierarchy are not technically a part of the formal
    Usenet hierarchy. What that means is that, while certain standards of conduct
    nominally apply to newsgroups in the Usenet hierarchy (Usenet newsgroups are
    supposed to have a charter of acceptable behavior, and ISPs which do not take
    action against posters who violate the charter--spammers and so on--are subject
    to sanctions such as losing newsgroup feeds), no standards of behavior apply on
    "alt.whatever" newsgroups and ISPs typically take no action against people who
    abuse those newsgroups no matter how bad their actions may be.
     
    Tacit, Sep 1, 2004
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  4. Thanks Tacit

    Silly me! I thought that they were all the same tsk!

    Articus

    yeh - groovy innit?

    Arty Arty Articus whoo-ee
     
    Articus Drools, Sep 1, 2004
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    Odysseus Guest

    Newsgroups in the "alt" hierarchy are not technically a part of the formal
    Usenet hierarchy. What that means is that, while certain standards of conduct
    nominally apply to newsgroups in the Usenet hierarchy (Usenet newsgroups are
    supposed to have a charter of acceptable behavior, and ISPs which do not take
    action against posters who violate the charter--spammers and so on--are
    subject
    to sanctions such as losing newsgroup feeds), no standards of behavior apply
    on
    "alt.whatever" newsgroups and ISPs typically take no action against people
    who
    abuse those newsgroups no matter how bad their actions may be.[/QUOTE]

    AFAIC the distinction you describe is entirely theoretical; while I
    haven't been to alt.graphics.photoshop I do read quite a few alt.*
    groups, and most of them aren't noticeably worse than this one in terms
    of spam volume, resident trolls, &c. While there are plenty of courteous
    and helpful participants here, the group appears to have at least its
    share of wasters, as evidenced by my killfile having accumulated
    considerably more entries for this than for any of the other NGs I read
    here at work. (I subscribe to a dozen or so more at home, mostly
    unrelated to computers or graphic arts, and almost all from the alt.
    hierarchy; some indeed have a worse 'signal-to-noise ratio' than this
    group but some are considerably better.)
     
    Odysseus, Sep 2, 2004
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    Alan Justice Guest

    I, too would like an answer to the original question, as I just discovered
    both NGs.

    I just started using PS and am going through "Classroom in a Book" for 6.0.
    So is there currently a style or content difference between the 2 NGs?
    Specifically, is one better for getting answers to one type of problem,
    while the other is better for another? I suppose I could post questions to
    both and judge after time.
     
    Alan Justice, Sep 10, 2004
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    Hunt Guest

    There is more traffic in alt..., than comp..., but that doesn't mean you will
    get useful answers in either. There appears to be a big cross-over with the
    legit posters, and the alt NG offers up a few more trolls, and flames.

    I'd urge you to lurk in both, and don't be afraid to post to either. With a
    bit of experience, you can pretty much tell who is likely to give you useful
    answers, and just ignore the rest.

    I spend about equal time in each, and enjoy them both. There is always
    something to learn from either, regardless of how many years and versions you
    have used PS.

    A very casual observation,
    Hunt
     
    Hunt, Sep 10, 2004
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