Usenet hierarchy de. *

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The Usenet hierarchy de. * Is the largest German-speaking Usenet hierarchy. As of October 2019, it consists of 378 newsgroups . The hierarchy was created in 1992 by merging the hierarchies dnet. * And sub. * .


The de. * Hierarchy is topic-complete , so that every possible topic has its place in a newsgroup, if there is no more suitable group in the de.etc.misc hunt group. The hierarchy consists almost exclusively of text groups, with the exception of the sub-hierarchy de.alt.files. *, In which binary files can also be used.

Self-administration in de Usenet

Processes such as setting up and deleting groups or setting rules are decided by grassroots democratic processes in accordance with the set-up rules.

Any natural person can take part in each vote, the only requirement is that they provide a valid email address and their full name. After a discussion phase , a voting slip will be published in the newsgroup , which will be filled out and sent to an election officer by e-mail. Many votes and elections are led by the German Volunteer Votetakers (GVV) and mostly evaluated with the help of the Usevote software.

The selected dana moderator monitors the process, publishes the process postings (in particular RfD, CfV and Result) and decides on rule interpretations in the event of a conflict.

The abbreviation dana is derived from the newsgroup, whose charter provides the framework:

"In this group, calls for discussion (RfD, Request for Discussion) and voting (CfV, Call for Votes), voting results and lists of ongoing procedures regarding the establishment, removal and modification of groups under de. * (Without de.alt), the associated control messages, as well as articles relating to administration, rules and moderation. "

The moderation and the procedure in dana is responsible for the entire news hierarchy de. *, With the exception of the groups under de.alt. *, Whereby in practice they also manage the current list of groups under de.alt. *. In addition to the legitimation through the election (see election rules), the moderation is supported by the operators of the news servers, who only set up and delete newsgroups if the control messages have been signed by the moderator. Since the operators are not bound by the moderation's decisions at the same time, the dana moderation must also justify itself to them.


  • Elmar K. Bins, Boris-A. Piwinger: The "German-speaking" Usenet . In: Newsgroups: Discuss worldwide. Access to Usenet, overview of the hierarchies, effective use of the discussion forums . Albany et al. a .: Internat. Thomson Publ. 1st edition. Bonn. 1997. ISBN 3-8266-0297-8 , pages 217-226.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Checkgroups der Hierarchie de. * , Accessed on October 15, 2019.
  2. - Charter from accessed on October 14, 2010