IIRC (left UseNet in 2000), most substantial conversations (as opposed to quick shots of "first" or "plonk"),
were Interspersed. Not having to start a major research project to figure out the context of a "yes" is
one of my favorite memories of the days. Compare and contrast to the "modern" mailing list which
relies on "nesting" every email in a thread in a "reverse chronological" order. At least so far they
have kept the order of the letters of each quoted copy reading left to right.
BTW: Green Card Lottery was not the first SPAM I encountered on UseNet, but it was certainly the
first to (seemingly) _intend_ to annoy pretty much everybody on UseNet.
I'm torn about "re-upping". I got so much free time back in exchange for the groups I had read.
I certainly could not get my old "name" back, as it was a bang-path. A while back IIRC bang-paths
were still part of the email RFCs. They are/were not handled by the likes of Google and Comcast.
Good times. Now if only I could get things done _and_ graze my groups (mostly comp.*)