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Eternal September

Posted By: REDrumU
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 01:27 pm

Eternal September

Eternal September or the September that never ended is Usenet slang for a period beginning in September 1993, the month that Internet service provider America Online (AOL) began offering Usenet access to its many users, overwhelming the existing culture for online forums.

Before then, Usenet was largely restricted to colleges, universities, and other research institutions. Every September, a large number of incoming freshmen would acquire access to Usenet for the first time, taking time to become accustomed to Usenet's standards of conduct and "netiquette". After a month or so, these new users would either learn to comply with the networks' social norms or tire of using the service.

Whereas the regular September freshman influx would quickly settle down, the influx of new users from AOL did not end and Usenet's existing culture did not have the capacity to integrate the sheer number of new users. The influx was exacerbated by the aggressive direct mailing campaign by AOL Chief Marketing Officer Jan Brandt, which most notably involved distributing millions of floppy disks and CD-ROMs with free trials of AOL.

Since then the popularity of the Internet has led to a constant stream of new users. Hence, from the point of view of the early Usenet, the influx of new users in September 1993 never ended.

Dave Fischer appears to have coined the term in a January 1994 post to alt.folklore.computers: "It's moot now. September 1993 will go down in net history as the September that never ended."

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Rocker Ute icon NEW: Let's all take off our partisan goggles for a minute and discuss a TRUTH as noted by Mueller. Russia attempted to interfere with our election "and that should concern every American."
Rocker Ute - -- Wednesday 29 May 2019, at 10:06 am [ID# 1947448] [reply]
SforkUte icon NEW: I went social media free months ago and I’ll never go back. (nm)
SforkUte - -- Wednesday 29 May 2019, at 10:33 am [ID# 1947449] [reply]
UTEopia icon NEW: Unfortunately, our political system has created a lazy electorate. They continue to marginalize voters who do not care to join a party. Those in a party are willing to plug their nose and vote for the party candidate even if that candidate is an
UTEopia - -- Wednesday 29 May 2019, at 11:28 am [ID# 1947452] [reply]
3UteDad icon NEW: The genie of social media is out of the bottle and there is no putting it back in. There is much good and bad that comes out of the information through these new modes of communication.
3UteDad - Top 25 Poster -- Wednesday 29 May 2019, at 11:36 am [ID# 1947453] [reply]
BulgieUte icon NEW: You know that civics class would be administrated in a biased way, gerrymandered to favor one position, varying from state to state.
BulgieUte - -- Wednesday 29 May 2019, at 01:52 pm [ID# 1947459] [reply]
MinnesotaUte icon NEW: This is precisely why our founding fathers tried to lock down government and preserve our individual rights.
MinnesotaUte - -- Wednesday 29 May 2019, at 04:45 pm [ID# 1947470] [reply]
Zeous icon NEW: Right... and government is an extension of our nature (plus nurture), and tends to morph following relative changes in the prevalance of competing nurtures (which can be observed in competing ideas expressed as memes, morals, proposed legislation,
Zeous - -- Thursday 30 May 2019, at 03:05 am [ID# 1947497] [reply]
Zeous icon NEW: How about CIA directors opining publicly about candidates? They're supposed to be strictly off-limits domestically, so would that also be of grave concern?
Zeous - -- Wednesday 29 May 2019, at 12:42 pm [ID# 1947457] [reply]
REDrumU icon NEW: Eternal September
REDrumU - -- Wednesday 29 May 2019, at 01:27 pm [ID# 1947458] [reply]
pangloss icon NEW: a recap
pangloss - -- Wednesday 29 May 2019, at 02:32 pm [ID# 1947464] [reply]
MinnesotaUte icon NEW: I haven't gone free, but I sort of feel that way because I ignore it for the most part
MinnesotaUte - -- Wednesday 29 May 2019, at 04:38 pm [ID# 1947468] [reply]
Red Don icon NEW: "Maybe it was Russia; maybe it was a 400 lb. man in his basement."
Red Don - Top 25 Poster -- Wednesday 29 May 2019, at 05:20 pm [ID# 1947475] [reply]
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