A service which provides an alternative to using a newsreader. A Web-based newsgroup service accesses stored archives of newsgroup postings on the Web. There are two advantages to using a Web-based service: first, postings can be accessed on any computer that has a browser; and, second, such services often contain massive archives which stretch well into the past, while many newsgroup servers delete postings after a few weeks or even a few days. The major disadvantage is that access using a browser is slower than that experienced by the user of a newsreader who connects to a newsgroup server. The most famous example of this type of service is DejaNews.