I'll bite. Before these sort of car forums became popular I spent a lot of time hanging out in newsgroups like alt.autos.camaro.firebird. As to the thread title, people who wanted to gripe about the existence of another newsgroup created a new one with the same name plus ".die.die.die" at the end and a silly charter explaining its purpose. A very recognizable one is:
With a charter that goes like this:
The Earth is under attack.
The demon lord B'harne, servant of the malevolent alien High Magus of Lyra, has commenced his assault on the human race. Under the benevolent guise of the children's television host Barney the Dinosaur, B'harne seeks to destroy the minds of children and adults and bind them to his tyrranical will. Once he has made mindless slaves of humanity, B'harne will rule the Earth with an iron talon.
There are those who oppose B'harne. Drawn together by mysterious forces, mad scientists and sorcerors, warriors, scholars and surrealists have banded together into a fighting force capable of standing against B'harne's power and the power of his masters. With the mystic blade of the Barney-Slayer leading the way, these warriors fight a neverending battle against the forces of Evil and Stupidity.
They are the Jihad to Destroy Barney the Purple Dinosaur.
USENET was created in 1980 by students at Duke and became very popular during the late 80s and on through the 90s. It pretty much fell into obscurity after Google acquired DejaNews, the only complete archive of USENET (including posts where Linus Torvalds was discussing his new OS project, for example). Google eventually removed the separate newsgroup search function in favor of rolling it into general Google content.
A lot of ISPs still host newsgroups (I know Knology does on the East coast), but Comcast dropped support for newsgroups around 2004.
Still legal in 16 states. It's happy. It's fun. It's Happy Fun Car.
Do not taunt Happy Fun Car.
Last edited by weland; 02-25-2010 at 03:26 PM.