>}And is there really a newsgroup called alt.ensign.wesley.die.die.die?
>Yes there is.
>It was created about 1/2 way through the first season of Star Trek: The
>Next Generation, during a high-heat flame-fest over Will Wheaton's character.
>There is a way (don't ask) to override the USENET's control of issuing
>newsgroups. This is akin to overriding the MODERATOR of a Moderated
>newsgroup, and posting directly.
While rogue usenet administrators have been known to create
newsgroups in the main hierarchies (rec,soc,comp,sci,etc.) without
the normal votes, such groups often dont get propagated very far
as other usenet administrators dont feel the need to propagate them.
However, alt groups are another thing. There is no requirement for
voting etc. to create an alt group; all that is necessary is to have
a usenet administrator willing to issue the newgroup for that group,
and for a sufficient number of sites to honor that request, which
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