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RFD: New uk.* hierarchy

In article <3lp4pf$pn6@lyra.csx.cam.ac.uk>,
Nick Maclaren <nmm1@cus.cam.ac.uk> wrote:
>The purpose of collecting together unrelated topics is to make it
>easier for people to find OTHER newsgroups.  Have you ever tried to
>find a particular folder in the middle of a pile of miscellaneous
>documents?  Compare that with searching through a pile of folders,
>one of which is marked 'miscellaneous'.

I understand the analogy---I have an envelope folder at home marked
"etc"---but I don't think it applies to newgroups.

When I imagine somebody "eyeballing" an unsorted list of newsgroups
(which seems a reasonably close analogue of the physical search you
describe), I can't see how the uk.misc.* hierarchy helps them.  I've
tried thinking of various different situations, from the point of
view of a user, a news system administrator, and even a news software
developer (which I'm not, but I have a lively imagination :-), and in
none of them is there a significant advantage to a uk.misc.* hierarchy.

Please can you describe a real Usenet situation where uk.misc.* wins?
(If it's any help, phrases like `!uk,uk.comp.*' sufficiently justify the
rest of the proposed reorg to me.)

Tim.
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Original headers:

From: tim@pipex.net (Tim Goodwin)
Newsgroups: uk.net.news
Subject: Re: RFD: New uk.* hierarchy
Date: 4 Apr 1995 13:06:41 +0100
Organization: PIPEX, 216 Science Park, Cambridge, England
Message-ID: <3lrcoh$k4@pipe.pipex.net>
References: <9503081813.AA00102@rickyp.demon.co.uk>
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