alt.this.site.explain.describe.detail

(NC) Hi, I’m Benjamin Peterson, and I knew the Internet when it was young.

The contents of this site aren’t necessarily going to be obvious to the modern reader. Here’s a summary of the story:

  • Once, there was no web. The Internet was text only. But there were newsgroups — the ancient equivalent of a forum.
  • In those days, most people on the net were in academia, the military, or technology. They invented all manner of strange now-lost pastimes.
  • The newsgroup alt.adjective.noun.verb.verb.verb (aanvvv for short) was one of these — a place where all writing was in ‘The Format’. Long afterwards, I collected together a library of aanvvv poetry.
  • This is a reboot and expansion of that library. Enjoy! Or else just shake your head at the silliness of those ancient days!

Below is the original intro text from the old aanvvv library… unlike the above, it adheres to The Format…

alt.adjective.noun.verb.verb.verb!
alt.hosted.content.explain.expound.explicate:


alt.noble.format.adhere.use.explore
alt.inconsequential.conversation.chatter.babble.type
alt.beautiful.poetry.create.translate.share
alt.wondrous.format.bask.enjoy.relish


alt.frequent.questions.have?.ask?.inquire?
alt.provided.faq.read.peruse.learn


alt.archived.poetry.seek?.quest?.search?
alt.this.link.click.press.go


alt.learned.discussion.desire?.participate?.want?
alt.convenient.forums.see.use.post


alt.ominous.warning.give.warn.!omit:
alt.suffixed.'(NC)’.appears.adorns.looms
alt.non-Conformant.content.indicates.labels.marks
alt.plain.English.follows.ensues.appears