List of Usenet unmanaged 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.

An unmanaged hierarchy is a hierarchy in which everyone can create a newsgroup. There is no official, generally accepted policy. The proponent sends creation articles himself, and there isn't any hierarchy manager who sends a list of current newsgroups in the hierarchy. The list of actually carried newsgroups is usually different between news servers.

Unmanaged 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.html (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.
Those external data are used to generate this web site. To report an issue about the generation, please use the issue tracker on GitHub or post to news.admin.hierarchies.
You might also want to read the Usenet hierarchy administration FAQ.