Great Renaming

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Great Renaming

n. The flag day in 1987 on which all of the non-local groups on the Usenet had their names changed from the net.- format to the current multiple-hierarchies scheme. Used esp. in discussing the history of newsgroup names. "The oldest sources group is comp.sources.misc; before the Great Renaming, it was net.sources." There is a Great Renaming FAQ (http://www.vrx.net/usenet/history/rename.html) on the Web.
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Great Renaming definition

Usenet, history
The flag day in 1986 on which all of the non-local groups on the Usenet had their names changed from the net.- format to the current multiple-hierarchies scheme. Used especially in discussing the history of newsgroup names. "The oldest sources group is comp.sources.misc; before the Great Renaming, it was net.sources."
FAQ (http://vrx.net/usenet/history/rename.html).
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(2000-07-14)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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