What is Backbone Cabal?
In IT, the term 'backbone cabal' is used to describe a group of administrators who were active in the Usenet forum in the 1980s. This cabal is associated with great renaming, a massive renaming of Usenet groups, and other ways of controlling and developing the Internet during the Usenet era.
The Usenet forum exploded in the late 1970s and system administration became quite complex. Administrators organized lists of Usenet sites and tried to manage this massive Internet forum.
One reason the term 'backbone cabal' was used was because users were able to identify some type of backbone of networked machines that seemed more active and had longer operating times than other parts of the Usenet network.
Another aspect of the term 'Spine Cabal' is its use to describe a shadowy or mysterious group, or in some cases a hypothetical group. Although some administrators talked about collaborative activities in the 1980s, much of the structure for managing Usenet dissolved after that time. People still referred to the Cabal as an underground group that could control the internet. In contrast, during the period when the backbone cabal was allegedly active, part of Usenet's culture was to deny that such a group ever existed, and the phrase 'there is no cabal' became widespread. The term 'backbone cabal' is in some ways synonymous with a more primitive and imaginative era of internet usage in the 1980s when the technology was new.