There is also a comp.robotics, but it hasn't had much traffic in maybe
10 years. My guess is that the c.r.m group was created to handle "all
other" discussions not directly related to higher-level robotics, and
it's where the bulk of posters ended up going. When c.r and c.r.m. were
created, likely by someone at a university, it wasn't uncommon to create
a "sub" newsgroup for handling off-topic discussions. The sub groups are
often the most lively ones!
Author: Constructing Robot Bases,
Robot Builder's Sourcebook, Robot Builder's Bonanza
In 1995, "comp.robotics" was split into two separate groups. The
unmoderated "comp.robotics.misc" replaced the original "comp.robotics".
And the new moderated "comp.robotics.research" was created. Such
things were done as the result of a vote. Here is the post with the
result of that vote:
Since the vote passed, a Usenet control message was sent out creating
the new groups. At a later time, another control message was sent out
to remove the old "comp.robotics" group. Unfortunately, not all Usenet
systems paid attention to the remove messages (for good reason!).
The posts you see in "comp.robotics" today are from rogue systems that
still have the group active.
I hope you enjoyed today's little lesson in the arcane workings of the
Usenet system! :)
On Wed, Feb 18, 2004 at 05:31:17AM +0000, James Nugen wrote:
Interesting. Not long ago I attempted to follow up to a post here
which was apparently posted to "comp.robotics". My news software
refused to post my follow-up because it said that I was trying to post
to a non-existant group. Now I understand why :-)
Brian Dean, firstname.lastname@example.org
BDMICRO - Maker of the MAVRIC ATmega128 Dev Board
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