wilderness - 12:15 pm on Aug 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
I love the way Google Groups refers back to WebmasterWorld
FWIW, Usenet (i. e., newsgroups of which there are tens of thousands, maybe hundreds) use to come standard with most of the internet providers. I participated in UsenetNewsgroups of specific topics for more than a decade (The webmaster forum use to be superb).
Most major internet providers have stopped providing the service. It may be purchased from other providers.
In any event, Google Groups was developed because of the decline in access of Usenet. It's a POOR substitute.