Over the last couple of years, it has become increasingly difficult to track down the Star Wars preservations and fan edits discussed in the Original Trilogy forums. Invites to MySpleen, a private torrent tracker, have been closed since September 2017; many links on Uloz, a file-sharing site, have long since expired. While some content can be found on public torrent trackers, it is often re-encoded and of poorer quality.
One solution to acquire many of these projects is via binary newsgroups on Usenet. However, the learning curve can be a little steep with plenty of jargon to wade through. I have written the following guide to help fellow members of the OT community get started with Usenet, and hope it is useful.
If you feel anything in the guide below is incorrect, misleading or poorly worded, please do send me a private message (click on my avatar) and I shall endeavour to improve it.
Note: while Harmy’s popular Despecialized Editions are available on Usenet, NJVC’s Blu-ray ISO versions of these projects are not. Details of how to obtain the latter can be obtained from Solkap’s thread in the Star Wars Preservation forum.