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Prior to the world wide web and web pages, Usenet was a common method of communication over the Internet. The interactive fiction community primarily used two Usenet newsgroups, known collectively as rec.*.int-fiction or r*if:

Google Groups eventually supplanted the Usenet interface for a web interface and still exists today:

Google Groups has an archive of many past postings. The IF Archive has archived many posts (mostly 1992-2002, and some to 2012) for raif and rgif, in a variety of less accessible but often more complete formats.

The community from the newsgroups moved primarily to the Interactive Fiction Community Forum on

See also