Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP)

This RFC 3977 was published in 2006.


The Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP) has been in use in the Internet for a decade, and remains one of the most popular protocols (by volume) in use today.
This document is a replacement for RFC 977, and officially updates the protocol specification.
It clarifies some vagueness in RFC 977, includes some new base functionality, and provides a specific mechanism to add standardized extensions to NNTP.

RFC 3977 introduction

This document specifies the Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP), which is used for the distribution, inquiry, retrieval, and posting of Netnews articles using a reliable stream-based mechanism.
For news-reading clients, NNTP enables retrieval of news articles that

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