What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Newsgroups?


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• Advantages of newsgroups
Newsgroups are similar in some ways to mailing lists, but they tend to have a better structure, which makes it more likely that they will be around for much longer than a mailing list.

It is also easier to find a newsgroup, and they sometimes have a moderator, who is someone who makes sure that things stay on track and do not disintegrate into something that is socially unpleasant.

More often than not, you will be able to find a FAQ (frequently asked questions) section on a newsgroup, which is always helpful for those who are not sure of anything. These questions tend to be the ones that are asked repeatedly and so negate the need for constantly answering the same question.

Naturally, if a query is not answered on the FAQ page, it is possible to submit a question and get it answered.

• Disadvantages of a newsgroup
A newsgroup is not as quick as an email or even a mailing list. Very often there will be a delay of at least a day, often longer, before a response is given.

Another disadvantage to a newsgroup is that the information on them is submitted by people who may have no real idea of what they are talking about, so you need to be aware of this potential flaw and keep your mind open to alternatives, and to be prepared to do some more background research if it is important.

A serious disadvantage to newsgroups is that they can sometimes attract people who you wouldn't give the time of day to if you were to meet them in person. This is especially worrying if children have access to newsgroups.

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