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Site history[edit][edit]

In early 1997 a moderated version of was created due to an increasing number of posts by “various pay services, scam artists, and bots”. This moderated newsgroup (ASSM) has always operated by cross-posting all approved stories to, and is not simply a filtered version of the unmoderated group, rather, all stories posted to ASSM were specifically submitted there.

Currently the day-to-day operations and general direction of ASSM is overseen by the Alt.Sex.Stories Text Repository (ASSTR), which coordinates a group of volunteers to moderate the newsgroup using a web-based voting system. ASSTR also hosts an archive of the newsgroup, and a mirror of the Nifty Erotic Stories Archive (gay). ASSM is one of the few remaining active groups in the* hierarchy.

Due to competition from web-based erotica sites and communities, the volume of stories posted to ASSM (and thus to had dropped considerably by 2006, although the group is still actively moderated.

Notable authors[edit] is notable for assisting in the launch of several notable authors of erotica such as Elf Sternberg[citation needed] and Mary Anne Mohanraj.[2][3]

Story codes[edit]

Because of the large volume of stories posted, a set of codes to describe the story content was developed.[4] Writers were encouraged to include these story codes in the title of their stories.



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