[ih] Usenet query

Bill Woodcock woody at pch.net
Mon Jul 13 13:20:24 PDT 2020

> On Jul 13, 2020, at 7:01 PM, John Levine via Internet-history <internet-history at elists.isoc.org> wrote:
> In article <e7b37bdb-e411-c22e-81e6-e28066e6637d at good-stuff.co.uk> you write:
>> To give some background, it's fairly common these days for Usenet
>> providers to insert their own Organization header where one isn't
>> already set by the user. ...
> I'm a relative newcomer, only started using usenet in about 1983.
> I'm fairly sure that news servers always added the Organization header
> to messages that didn't have it. At the time, every little (or not so
> little) organization ran its own news server, so the user and the
> server were invariably at the same organization, so automatically
> adding the header did the right thing.

That’s my recollection as well…  I used other people’s servers through the eighties, and set up my own for the first time in ’89, at which point I did as John says.


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