The Usenet is the world's largest collection of user generated files and discussions in the world. The Usenet, for all of its awesome power in encouraging discussions, conversations and the sharing of files with millions of unique users from all corners of the globe, is really analogous to a glorified email system and is actually very simple in the way it works. The Usenet is a collection of hundreds of millions of articles or messages categorized into groups called newsgroups and stored on millions of Usenet server computers all over the globe. The messages or articles within the newsgroups on the Usenet server computers make up the Usenet. The people that run and maintain the Usenet servers are often referred to as news service providers or NSPs. The Usenet works by Usenet severs sharing articles or messages with other Usenet servers to ensure that each Usenet server or news service provider has a copy of the latest and most current set of all of the messages on the Usenet. Each Usenet server or NSP will keep a copy of all Usenet articles for a certain period of time. The length of time Usenet articles stay on a Usenet server is known as retention. For example, if an NSP has a retention time of 650 days, you would be able to download and retrieve articles created or posted 650 days ago.
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