To get your Usenet education off on the right foot, this section looks at a few crucial concepts that will serve as the base from which you can explore the rest of Usenet:
article An individual message in a newsgroup discussion.
follow up To respond to an article. (Also: follow-up; the response itself.)
hierarchy Usenet divides its discussion groups into several classifications, or hierarchies. There are seven so-called mainstream hierarchies:
comp Computer hardware and software misc Miscellaneous stuff that doesn't really fit anywhere else news Usenet-related topics rec Entertainment, hobbies, sports, and more sci Science and technology soc Sex, culture, religion, and politics talk Debates about controversial political and cultural topics ...