|Date(s):||1988(?)-1996 (as rec.arts.anime)|
1996-present (as rec.arts.anime.misc and additional)
|Moderator:||Steve Pearl (late 1980s to the mid-1990s), later none|
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In 1993, several additional Usenet communities were created, including:
- rec.arts.anime.stories (later rec.arts.anime.creative, RAAC) for fanfic
- rec.arts.anime.info for posting announcements
- rec.arts.anime.marketplace for merchandise
In March 1996, R.A.A. was so high-traffic that it was disbanded (though Usenet being what it is, many servers still used it, and there continued to be posts to it until 2004.) and split into several different groups:
- rec.arts.anime.misc (RAAM) for general fan discussions (the official replacement for RAA and still the most active group, averaging over a thousand posts a month in 2008)
- rec.arts.anime.fandom (RAAF) also for discussions, particularly of fanworks; most of the discussion about RAAC fanfic occurred here
- rec.arts.anime.music for anime music
- rec.arts.anime.games for games based on anime
- rec.arts.anime.models for anime models and figurines
There were also many more specialized newsgroups, including groups for individual anime, such as listed on this 2004 Master List of Anime Related Newsgroups.
Steve Pearl was a/the moderator of rec.arts.anime.misc from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s. He created the group's "list of frequently asked questions."