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TCP/IP Guide by Charles M. Kozierok

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Usenet Communication Model

When the students at Duke University decided to create their online community, email was already in wide use, and there were many mailing lists in operation as well. Email was usually transported using UUCP—the same method that Usenet was designed to employ—during these pre-Internet days. Then why not simply use email to communicate between sites?

The main reason is that email is not designed to facilitate the creation of an online community where information can be easily shared in a group. The main issue with email in this respect is that only the individuals who are specified as recipients of a message can read it. There is no facility whereby someone can write a message and put it in an open place where anyone who ...

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