List of Usenet reserved hierarchies

If you know a hierarchy which is not listed in these pages or if you have more up-to-date information about an existing hierarchy, please send a mail to or post to news.admin.hierarchies so that these pages can be updated.

A reserved hierarchy, as defined by Section 3.1.4 of RFC 5536, must not be used for regular newsgroups. It is used by some news implementations as a special hierarchy.

Reserved hierarchies

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You can display information about up to 30 hierarchies in the row by loading a web page of the form:,HUMANITIES,MISC,NEWS,REC,SCI,SOC,TALK (example for the Big 8).

Information in these pages comes from INN's control.ctl, newsgroups file, the list of PGP public keys for newsgroup administration and the logs of control messages.
You might also want to read the Usenet hierarchy administration FAQ.