From:
"Neil R. Ormos" <ormos@enteract.com>
Sent: 1/2/2002 6:22:47 PM
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Re: [gpsstash] Re: Do we want a usenet group? (RFD)


On Mon, 31 Dec 2001, Eric O'Connor wrote:

> Does anyone have a problem with....
>
> alt.rec.seek
>
> This would initially be shared with similar hobbies until a sub-group
> can reasonably be justified.
>
> Later we could add groups like:
>
> alt.rec.seek.cache
> alt.rec.seek.confluence
> alt.rec.seek.letterbox
>
> I'd go with alt.rec.gps, but that'll block usage by the letterbox
> crowd and I'm kind of curious what they have to say.

I admit I earlier claimed ambivalence as to the name of the
group, but how the heck is anyone ever going to find the
group if it's called alt.rec.seek?

I looked for references to letterboxing in Google Groups and
after eliminating apparent references to video formats, I
got the following article counts. Obviously, this is not a
perfect metric but it may be an instructive first
approximation regarding where posts about the letterbox
hobby seem to wind up:

75 uk.rec.walking
17 uk.rec.scouting
12 alt.rhode_island
11 sci.geo.satellite-nav
8 uk.local.southwest
7 rec.crafts.rubberstamps
7 rec.sport.orienteering
6 alt.culture.us.southwest
5 rec.outdoors.camping
4 rec.aviation.piloting
4 uk.adverts.personals.gay-lesbian-bi
3 alt.fan.elton-john
2 alt.culture.alaska
2 alt.culture.cacophony
2 alt.treasure.hunting
2 aus.culture.gothic
2 rec.autos.4x4
2 sci.engr.surveying
2 uk.rec.crafts
1 alt.books.george-orwell
1 alt.fan.blade-runner
1 alt.good.morning
1 alt.gothic.fashion
1 alt.peeves
1 alt.rec.camping
1 aus.rail
1 bit.listserv.edtech
1 comp.internet.net-happenings
1 freeserve.help.windows.news
1 mgate.hiking-club
1 misc.fitness.walking
1 phl.bicycles
1 phl.outdoors
1 rec.backcountry
1 rec.climbing
1 rec.misc
1 rec.pets.dogs.behavior
1 rec.scouting.guide+girl
1 rec.scouting.misc
1 rec.scouting.usa
1 rec.travel.budget.backpack
1 rec.travel.europe

FWIW, I was initially intrigued by the idea of
alt.treasure.hunting, as it sounds pretty close to
geocaching, but it seems to be primarily directed to the
metal detector crowd, and it might attract people who are
more interested in raiding caches for whatever might be
valuable in them, instead of people more interested in the
hunt itself or exchanging valuables.

I'm not sure it will be possible to come up with a sensible
short name that would be attractive simultaneously to
geocachers, letterboxers, and confluence hunters. It might
be better to pick some name that works for the Geocachers
(rec.geocaching, alt.geocaching, or the like) and just and
then invite the letterboxers and confluence hounds every
once in a while.

--neil ormos