I'm a little fuzzy on how newsgroups are created but the requisites
for groups in the alt.heirarchy are less (maybe nonexistant) than
in the other heirarchies. E.g. alt.chef.swedish.bork.bork.bork comes
So alt.heirarchy may have been created by someone who
1) Didn't know about rec.woodworking.
2) Had a newsfeed that did not carry rec.woodworking (maybe not any
rec. gourps, but did carry alt. groups
3) was unhappy with rec.woodworking and so created his own alternate
In some cases there may be alt. groups that existed befor there was
enough interest to create a group in one of the 'big five' heirarchies.
NOt so for *.woodworking, rec.woodworking goes way, way back,
back even before there was Nahrm.
Were you to google "alt.woodworking" while in the rec.woodworking groups
search page, much of the short and sordid story would become clear.
I have neither the interest or the perspective to try to explain the
inexplicable. It's not so much about woodworking, as about the human
personality, and the tendency of some individuals to want to control
others, according to their rules.
That tends not to fly too well on Usenet.
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