This article is from the Debbie Gibson FAQ, by Levien de Braal (firstname.lastname@example.org) with numerous contributions by others.
Early February 1993 the newsgroup alt.fan.debbie.gibson was created for the
fans of Deborah Gibson. Regrettably, the group was created in a whim, without
any discussion, and it violates generally accepted Usenet regulations. It
subsequently suffers from a poor propagation (availability on news servers).
To name one thing, its name violates the newsgroup naming convention, due to
the dot placed between "debbie" and "gibson" (should have been a dash). July
1995 propagation was estimated at 29% of all sites that carry newsfeed, while
readership was estimated at 3,300 people. Because
rec.music.artists.debbie-gibson has been created since, the number of readers
can be expected to have changed substantially.
Due to the way it was created, this newsgroup has no official Newsgroup-line
or Charter. The Newsgroup-line used by news servers tends to vary, but it is
most often provided as "Thwarter of the supervillain Tiffany", which was once
added as a joke by some unknown system administrator.
1.4 Can I post pictures or soundfiles (binaries) ?
We suggest you do not post any type of binary file to either of the two
Deborah Gibson related newsgroups. Picture files, soundfiles, and other
binaries take lots of bandwidth and tend to overload gateways and cause lots
of problems for the entire net. Instead, post them to alt.binaries.pictures,
which is designed to handle it. Remember to put a note on RMADG telling people
you posted those pictures there.
It's best to put binary items on the WWW.
1.5 What if my site doesn't offer the newsgroups ?
Usenet spreads by connections between computers. People own those computers
and connections. They have a legitimate right to decide which newsgroups to
carry. Many sites do not carry groups of a certain type. However, most system
administrators will carry a group if you kindly ask them.