backbone cabal

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backbone cabal

(networking)
A group of large-site administrators who pushed through the Great Renaming and reined in the chaos of Usenet during most of the 1980s. The cabal mailing list disbanded in late 1988 after a bitter internal cat-fight.
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backbone cabal

The group of network administrators responsible for setting up policies and procedures for newsgroups throughout the 1980s. They were involved in setting up the name hierarchy (comp, biz, rec, etc.) in 1985, which is still used today. The group disbanded in 1988 due to internal squabbles. See newsgroup.
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