Christopher Lueg (2001).
Newsgroups as Virtual Communities of Practice

Position Paper for the Workshop "Actions and Identities in Virtual Communities of Practice" at the 7th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW 2001), Bonn, Germany.

postscript version

orignal pdf version (watch the date; boarding the plane to Europe the next day was eerie)

A more recent, searchable pdf version

And don't forget to check out the workshop report:

Tom Erickson, Danyel Fisher, Amy Bruckman, Christopher Lueg (2001).
Dealing with Community Data: A Report on the CSCW 2000 Workshop>
SIGCHI Bulletin. ACM Press: Volume 33(4) July/August 2001, page 13. Full report here.

revised October 2007