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What is a Newsgroup?

Newsgroups are discussion groups where people can get answers to their questions from people with similar interests. They work like electronic bulletin boards -- with people posting and responding to messages.

You also might want to get on a mailing list.

You do not have to "sign up" to read a newsgroup. Just "visit" the newsgroup by following one of the references, below. You also do not have to "sign up" to post a message. However, it is customary to read the newsgroup for a week or so to get a feel for what sort of things are expected.

FAQ's and Archives

A compendium of answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Lisp and related topics from the comp.lang.lisp and compl.lang.clos newsgroups is maintained at the CMU Common Lisp Repository. Please check the FAQ before posting any questions to newsgroups. The Lisp FAQ is available online from CMU or Ohio State, and archived at CMU.

Also, please look at this site. If you don't find what you're looking for, consider letting us know so that we can add the information.

While a FAQ is an edited listing of Frequently Asked Questions, an archive holds all the messages posted to a particular newsgroup, or all the messages since a certain date. The archives of some of the newsgroups below are maintained at CMU The newsgroup comp.lang.lisp is also archived on ftp.gmd.de:/usenet/comp.lang.lisp/ by month, from 1989 onward. Individual files are in rnews format. (They contain articles prefixed by a header line "#! rnews <nchars> archive" where <nchars> is the number of characters in the article following the header. That format is convenient for various news processing programs (e.g. relaynews) and is rather easy to process from a lisp program too.)


Lisp in General:

comp.lang.lisp
Everything about Lisp.
comp.std.lisp
For discussion of emerging standards for the Lisp language, including "de facto" standards. Moderated by Brad Miller <miller@cs.rochester.edu>. Submissions should be sent to lisp-standards@cs.rochester.edu Archived on ftp.cs.rochester.edu:/pub/archives/lisp-standards/ Gatewayed to a mailing list (send mail to lisp-standards-request@cs.rochester.edu to join).
comp.org.lisp-users
Discussions related to Association of Lisp Users. Gatewayed to the ALU mailing list. This is an organizational mailing list/newsgroup, not a technical forum.

Dialects, Implementations and Related Languages:

comp.lang.clos
The Common Lisp Object System. Discussion related to CLOS, PCL, and object-oriented programming in Lisp. Gatewayed to commonloops@cis.ohio-state.edu. (or equivalently, comp.lang.clos@cis.ohio-state.edu)
comp.lang.lisp.franz
Discussion of Franz Lisp, an earlier dialect of Lisp. (Note: not Franz Inc's Allegro.)
comp.lang.lisp.mcl
Discussions related to Macintosh Common Lisp.
comp.lang.lisp.x
Discussion of XLISP, a dialect of Lisp, and XScheme. (Note: not the X window system.)
comp.lang.scheme
The Scheme dialect of Lisp.
comp.lang.scheme.c
comp.lang.scheme.scsh
The Scheme Shell.
comp.lang.dylan
The Dylan programming language.
comp.lang.logo
The Logo programming language.
comp.sys.newton.programmer
NewtonScript and more.
comp.sys.xerox
Discussions related to using Medley (name exists for historical reasons, and is likely to change soon). Gatewayed to the info-1100 mailing list.
comp.cad.autocad
AutoCAD utilizes AutoLisp.
comp.emacs
For elisp, the dialect used in the Emacs editor.
comp.text.interleaf
For the Lisp dialect used in the Interleaf publishing system.

Lisp Machines:

comp.sys.xerox
Discussions related to using Medley (name exists for historical reasons, and is likely to change soon). Gatewayed to the info-1100 mailing list. Sometimes Xerox Lisp machines are for sale.
comp.sys.ti.explorer
The TI Explorer Lisp machine.
info.slug
For users of Symbolics Lisp machines.

Programming Paradigms:

comp.lang.functional - Functional Programming.
comp.object
Object-oriented Programming.
FAQ, mirror, .
comp.object.logic
Combining OOP and Logic Programming.

Software:

comp.ai
Issues related to Artificial Intelligence. Several subgroups such as...
comp.ai.shells
Various AI shells.
comp.windows.garnet
The Garnet UIMS.
sci.math.symbolic
Some of the leading Computer Algebra programs are written in Lisp.
comp.text.interleaf
Interleaf's publishing solution, extensible with Lisp.
comp.emacs
The famous editor.
comp.emacs.xemacs
An emacs variant.
comp.cad.autocad
AutoCAD utilizes AutoLisp.