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Newsdemon.com Newsgroups Usenet Trivia – April 23rd

By WebMaster April 23rd, 2008

Here is today’s question:  The oldest known Usenet article found in the Archive records in the Groups of Google is from what date?

The FIRST person to reply to the following email address with the correct answer PLUS their Name, City, State, and Country will be declared the winner. The winner will receive a free month of Newsdemon.com Usenet Access! Only the FIRST CORRECT email we receive at [email protected] with the user’s real information will be considered. We will announce the winner within 24 hours of posting the Trivia Question. If you submit an answer and do not hear back from us, then you are not the winner. We will post the winners first name, last initial, city, and country on the blog after we have emailed the winner.



Winner For Newsdemon Newsgroups Trivia April 21st

By WebMaster April 22nd, 2008

We have a winner for yesterday’s question.

 J.R. of Paris, France succesfully answered:

Some users placed the word “meow” in their killfiles due to  several spammer who had invaded many groups.  Long story short, these spammers were posting spam which often contained the word “meow” or other feline references.

J.R. will receive a free month of Newsdemon.com Newsgroups!



Newsdemon Newsgroups Usenet Trivia Contest – April 21st

By WebMaster April 21st, 2008

Today’s question is a little more challenging and might require some research by the average usenet user.

Question: Why was the word “meow” placed into many experienced usenetters’ “killfiles” in the mid 1990’s?

The FIRST person to reply to the following email address with the correct answer PLUS their Name, City, State, and Country will be declared the winner. The winner will receive a free month of Newsdemon.com Usenet Access! Only the FIRST CORRECT email we receive at [email protected] with the user’s real information will be considered. We will announce the winner within 24 hours of posting the Trivia Question. If you submit an answer and do not hear back from us, then you are not the winner. We will post the winners first name, last initial, city, and country on the blog after we have emailed the winner.



Winner for Newsdemon Newsgroups Trivia April 20th

By WebMaster April 21st, 2008

We have a winner for yesterday’s Newsgroups Usenet Trivia contest.

Charles J. of London, UK correctly answered that the original standard was RFC 0850.  We actually would have accepted several different answers for this questions because there is some debate about which RFC is truly the Usenet’s original standard.
Charles will receive a free month of Newsdemon.com Newsgroups and Usenet Service.



Newsdemon.com Free Usenet Newsgroups Trivia – April 20th

By WebMaster April 20th, 2008

Today’s Trivia Question:  What was the RFC (Request For Comments) Number for the original Usenet Standard?

The FIRST person to reply to the following email address with the correct answer PLUS their Name, City, State, and Country will be declared the winner. The winner will receive a free month of Newsdemon.com Usenet Access! Only the FIRST CORRECT email we receive at [email protected] with the user’s real information will be considered. We will announce the winner within 24 hours of posting the Trivia Question. If you submit an answer and do not hear back from us, then you are not the winner. We will post the winners first name, last initial, city, and country on the blog after we have emailed the winner.



Winner for Newsdemon.com April 19th Newsgroups Trivia Contest

By WebMaster April 19th, 2008

David E. from Virginia Beach, VA USA won today’s trivia contest by correctly providing the following answer:

Posting not allowed

POST command issued when posting is not allowed.

David will receive a free month of service from Newsdemon.com!  This answer could be located on our Usenet Server Response Codes page.



Newsdemon Newsgroups and Usenet History Pages

By WebMaster April 19th, 2008

The Usenet Newsgroups Trivia contest appears to be a success.  We have received over twenty correct answers for each of the first two questions.  We are sure once the idea catches on, we will probably get even more people interested in joining the game and we will begin asking more difficult questions.  The competitive aspect of the game will likely increase as people try to guess what time of day we will be posting the questions, so they can be the first to answer.  We will try hard to accomodate all our global customers, not just posting questions during times where certain time zones have an advantage.  We don’t want you losing sleep over this!

With that said, we would like to point out that we have been putting in a lot of hard work to generate useful Usenet and Newsgroups related content on the site.  If you haven’t already been there, we recommend you try out our “What is Usenet” page.  There are lots of helpful pages of information regarding the usenet, newsgroups, and how it all got started.  We also try to answer some of the common questions our support department receives regarding “Usenet Rules”, etiquette, and just a general overview of how NNTP works.  Many of our usenet trivia answers can be found in these pages.  We have a whole section of our staff dedicated to creating these pages, so check back on these frequently, we are adding new pages every day.  If you think we have left something out, or you disagree with our take on a certain process or term, please do not hesitate to inform us.  We are not perfect, but we are trying!  Oh wait!  We ARE the perfect Usenet and Newsgroups Provider!  (gotta keep the bosses happy!)  :)



Newsdemon Newsgroups Trivia for April 19th, 2008

By WebMaster April 19th, 2008

Today’s trivia question:  What does it mean if your newsreader returns a status code of 440?

The FIRST person to reply to the following email address with the correct answer PLUS their Name, City, State, and Country will be declared the winner. The winner will receive a free month of Newsdemon.com Usenet Access! Only the FIRST CORRECT email we receive at [email protected] with the user’s real information will be considered. We will announce the winner within 24 hours of posting the Trivia Question. If you submit an answer and do not hear back from us, then you are not the winner. We will post the winners first name, last initial, city, and country on the blog after we have emailed the winner.



Newsdemon Newsgroups Trivia Winner for April 18th

By WebMaster April 19th, 2008

We have a winner!


Juan N. from Madrid, Spain was the first to submit that Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis were given credit for conceiving the Usenet at Duke University in 1979. Juan will receive a free month of Newsgroups access from Newsdemon.com!



Newsdemon.com Usenet Trivia Contest April 18th, 2008

By WebMaster April 18th, 2008

Here is today’s usenet trivia question:  What are the names of the two graduate student given credit for creating usenet?

The FIRST person to reply to the following email address with the correct answer PLUS their Name, City, State, and Country will be declared the winner.  The winner will receive a free month of Newsdemon.com Usenet Access!  Only the FIRST CORRECT email we receive at [email protected] with the user’s real information will be considered.  We will announce the winner within 24 hours of posting the Trivia Question.  If you submit an answer and do not hear back from us, then you are not the winner.  We will post the winners first name, last initial, city, and country on the blog after we have emailed the winner.  If you are not the winner, check back tomorrow, we may post another Usenet Trivia question tomorrow!