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Subject: 1.7 

Which are the related newsgroups?

 

1.7.1 ...in the international hierarchies?

There aren't that many. Soc.culture.nordic is so far the only group in the original "Big Eight" hierarchies (news.*, rec.*, sci.*, soc.*, misc.*, talk.* and comp.*) devoted specifically to the Nordic countries, and there aren't any corresponding alt.* groups either.

Splitting up soc.culture.nordic into s.c.sweden, s.c.finland, and so forth, has been discussed from time to time but the idea hasn't received much support because of the relatively low number of Nordic netters in general and Danish & Icelandic netters in particular, the existense of national hierarchies where Nordics discuss the matters of their own countries, and perhaps also the feeling of community that has evolved in s.c.nordic over the years (the group has been around for at least since the beginning of the 1990s; no one seems to know the exact year it was created).

There are, however, some international newsgroups that have some connection to Nordic issues. A scan through the lists of active major (not alt.*) newsgroups (posted regularly to news.lists) with global distribution produced the following, vaguely Nordic-related groups:

  nordunet.talk.skandinaviska  Discussion group in "skandinavisk"
                               - Nordunet is the hierarchy of the
                               Nordic University Network.

  soc.culture.baltics          An unmoderated group on the Baltic
                               countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

  soc.culture.europe           A group on European countries in general,
                               but alas, probably the flamiest group
                               in the net right after alt.flame.

  soc.genealogy.nordic         Questions about your family roots
                               should be posted here.

  rec.skiing.nordic            A group devoted to that most Nordic
                               of all sports: cross-country skiing.

  rec.travel.europe            Discussions on travelling in the Nordic
                               countries fit in here as well.

  talk.politics.european-union Politics of the European Union


(Did we forget any? I shouldn't think so. :-)

 

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1.7.2 ...in the Nordic hierarchies?

In the national hierarchies all discussion is in the Nordic languages, often on Nordic topics. The main hierarchies can be accessed and posted to from abroad. It is, however, up to your system administrator to decide whether or not your site will receive them; contact him/her if you would like for your site to carry them. You can also search for a "public NNTP server" in Scandinavia that carries these groups, and set your newsreader to use it instead of the server your own site normally uses.

When you read s.c.nordic, check the headers of posts coming from the Nordic countries, see the line "NNTP-Posting-Host" or the second last domain of the "Path" line, and try to set these as your NNTP server. Most servers only allow their own users to access them and it can be difficult to find a public server, especially one that allows you not just read but also post, but with some trying or asking around you should be able to find them.

Different kinds of FAQs also exist to guide the many Nordic newcommers to Internet and to Usenet, as for instance the Danish OSS - Ofte stillede spørgsmål, and a Swedish Sidor för nybörjare.  

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1.7.3 What about mailing-lists?

Honestly, keeping track on mailing-lists isn't really what s.c.nordic's contributors are known for.

Do you know of any good, please tell!



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