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 for newsgroup
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  newsgroup
   n.
  
      [Usenet] One of Usenet's huge collection of topic groups or fora.
      Usenet groups can be unmoderated (anyone can post) or moderated
      (submissions are automatically directed to a moderator, who edits or
      filters and then posts the results). Some newsgroups have parallel mailing
      lists for Internet people with no netnews access, with postings to the
      group automatically propagated to the list and vice versa. Some moderated
      groups (especially those which are actually gatewayed Internet mailing
      lists) are distributed as digests, with groups of postings periodically
      collected into a single large posting with an index.
  
      Among the best-known are comp.lang.c (the C-language forum), comp.arch (on
      computer architectures), comp.unix.wizards (for Unix wizards),
      rec.arts.sf.written and siblings (for science-fiction fans), and
      talk.politics.misc (miscellaneous political discussions and flamage).
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  newsgroup
  
      One of Usenet's huge collection of topic groups
     or fora.  Usenet groups can be "unmoderated" (anyone can
     post) or "moderated" (submissions are automatically directed
     to a moderator, who edits or filters and then posts the
     results).  Some newsgroups have parallel mailing lists for
     Internet people with no netnews access, with postings to the
     group automatically propagated to the list and vice versa.
     Some moderated groups (especially those which are actually
     gatewayed Internet mailing lists) are distributed as
     "{digests", with groups of postings periodically collected
     into a single large posting with an index.
  
     Among the best-known are comp.lang.c (the C-language forum),
     comp.arch (on computer architectures), comp.Unix.wizards (for
     Unix wizards), rec.arts.sf-lovers (for science-fiction
     fans), and talk.politics.misc (miscellaneous political
     discussions and flamage).
  
     Barry Shein  is alleged to have said,
     "Remember the good old days when you could read all the group
     names in one day?"  This gives a good idea of the growth and
     size of Usenet.
  
     See also netiquette.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1994-12-13)
  

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