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In the (northern hemisphere) summer of 1988, it was proposed to create a Usenet newsgroup named comp.women. There was a heated discussion about this, and in the end, comp.society.women was created instead.

During the Cabal's last days, its death was quicken by "comp.women" debacle, as it was later known. In summer, 1988, a newsgroup for woman was proposed. Its creation became the subject of a massive flame war because its supporters wanted to put it in the comp.* groups because this would insure a better propagation. Opponents noted that this hierarchy was devoted to far more technical things. After *much* discussion someone created a "comp.society.women" out of exasperation. This person got a great deal of flamage for doing so, but the group came to life after it was created. comp.women