1. The junky funny anarchic happy wacko groups out there
2. The massive variety of groups
3. The anonymity
4. The flames.
The spam problem is huge so setting up filters takes time but finding good groups is well worth it.
A couple of them:
alt.politics and the message here – one of 3 million headers on the new server – was x-posted to alt.machines.cnc, misc.survivalism, rec.crafts.metalworking, alt.aol.tricks, alt.autos.toyota,talk.politics.guns, alt.politics.libertarian
I don’t subscribe to any of those and those I do are far too busy to read everything but Usenet is a wonderful place, somewhere that hopefully never goes away. I’ll have to create a group, can’t be tricky. I’ll have it as an online ambition.