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					Among the various types of newsgroups are those which allow for the exchange of
file data and those which only allow for the posting of text messages. There is also a
hierarchy which allows for the creation of newsgroups which fall outside the standard
categories of these groups.
  Essentially, an alt binaries group is a group which does not fit easily under the
general hierarchy and which allows for users to transfer files between one another via
their posts. They are usually accessed using NZB files to locate the desired content
without sorting through every single post.
  The main categories under which newsgroups fall cover interests such as science,
recreation, computers and several other categories. Specifically, they are: "sci" for
science; "news" for information about Usenet; "rec" for recreation; "comp" for
computer-related discussions; "soc" for socializing; "talk" for more heated debates;
and "misc" for miscellaneous subjects.
  Alt Binaries groups are differentiated in the top hierarchy as they don't easily mesh
with this scheme. "Alt" stands for "alternative", which communicates to the user that
any group under this classification will be specific in its topic but not necessarily one
that is easily categorized.
  Alt Binaries are differentiated from non-binary groups in that users may post and
download files to and from these groups. Most often, these files are images, movies or
audio content. This is one of the most efficient means of sharing files online and
binary groups have seen increasing usage over the last few years.
  Very large files can be shared among thousands of users with far less bandwidth than
is demanded by other file-sharing technologies. For this reason, they have become the
preferred method of sharing large files. The various ways in which files can be
verified also makes them much more reliable than other methods, as does the user
feedback any post likely contains.
  Alt Binaries groups cover a wide range of topics. Some of them are adult and not at
all appropriate for children. Other topics include specific interests that cannot be fit
under the other categories without a great deal of shoehorning which rather ends up
destroying the usefulness of the hierarchy system in general.
  An example would be a group that specifically focused on the supernatural but
which incorporated elements of pseudoscience in many of its discussions. It's not
science; therefore putting it under the "sci" category is something of a disservice to
  Alt Binaries is one of the last hierarchical categories devised for the newsgroup
service. Originally, only the other seven were available. As the use and popularity of
Usenet expanded, the services decided to create this category so that all users would
have a place for themselves on the Usenet without inappropriately being listed under a
more specific category.
  These categories can be a lot of fun, especially if one specifically wants off-the-wall
binary content that isn't available in other groups. Some of these binaries include
antique images and video material that is very niche in its appeal.
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