This article is from the Paper Money Collecting FAQ, by Bruce Giese firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
The newsgroup rec.collecting.paper-money passed the Usenet
"Big 8" Newsgroup vote with 234 YES votes and 18 NO votes
on June 21, 1996. It was created on June 27, 1996. The
proponent for the group was Bruce Giese.
rec.collecting.paper-money had failed a previous vote on
October 23, 1995 with 111 YES votes and 22 NO votes. Before
it was created, paper money traffic was carried on
rec.collecting.coins which itself was created on August 16, 1994.
Before that, paper money traffic was carried in rec.collecting.
The amount of traffic has increased steadily over the years
to its current state.