tag/geekery

yousenetgeekery

August 30, 2014
WARNING: this post is not very interesting to anyone except weirdly geeky stalkers of me.

Usenet used to be really central to my online life... before the web really got into gear, it was a great set of forums over myriad topics, and it was cool to have so many different forums all with the same interface, one that the poster could choose. (Especially compared to web-forums, where every forum requires a new login and uses a slightly different interface.)

Years ago I used Google groups to do some basic metering of how much I posted to Usenet. Today, cleaning out an old HD (including a snagged snapshot of my old cs.tufts.edu account home folder) I found a copy of my ".posted" file, a list of references to Usenet posts I made. I crunched some numbers and came up with the following...

Here's how much I posted per year:
1995615
1996570
19971048
1998959
19991149
2000453


Here are the groups I posted to most often. (I posted to 441 unique groups, 193 only once, and 65 only twice.)
rec.games.video.classic1167
tufts.general752
comp.sys.palmtops.pilot354
alt.fan.cecil-adams308
alt.folklore.computers267
rec.games.video.nintendo258
alt.games.wing-commander150
alt.tv.commercials139
alt.comp.sys.palmtops.pilot137
tufts.tuftsconnect124
alt.hackers102
rec.arts.sf.written89
rec.arts.sf.starwars.misc64
comp.sys.palmtops61
alt.peeves60


Finally, here were the threads I participated in the most:
What does Micro$oft do Well ?46
Tufts Lifeline Taxi45
Tufts on NPR40
Worried about IDSA killing emulation?23
What did Nintendo do that Atari couldn't?19
Defending Emulation / some ROMS.17
Just missing immortality, defining a life well-lived17
Reorganization RFD has been submitted14
Just Wondering...13
Primary Source12
So quiet12
Landware Go Type Pro keyboard comments12
whats your favorite classic system (cannot include arcade emulators)12
The string of lights down the hill11
Dont buy Palm: Retarded OS with 4K memo limit11
tuftsconnect10
Atari VS. ???10
Gameboy vs 2600: The Ultimate Classic System?10
It seems odd to me how few of these I remember, and odd to look things up on Google Groups, and see discussion that once meant kind of a lot to me.

Anyway, here is the raw .posted file, the full data analysis, and the node script I wrote to crunch it.