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/n[y]oo'groop worz/ [Usenet] The salvos of dueling
"newgroup" and "rmgroup" messages sometimes exchanged by
persons on opposite sides of a dispute over whether a
newsgroup should be created net-wide, or (even more
frequently) whether an obsolete one should be removed. These
usually settle out within a week or two as it becomes clear
whether the group has a natural constituency (usually, it
doesn't). At times, especially in the completely anarchic alt
hierarchy, the names of newsgroups themselves become a form of
comment or humour; e.g. the spinoff of
alt.swedish.chef.bork.bork.bork from in early
1990, or any number of specialised abuse groups named after
particularly notorious flamers, e.g. alt.weemba.