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How can I correctly cite a Usenet’s entry in bibTeX?

I began by doing:

 @online{godwinDeclaration,
   Author    = {Mike Godwin},
   url       = {news:1991Aug18.215029.19421@eff.org},
   date      = {1991-8-18},
 }

But, I don’t know how to include the groupname rec.arts.sf-lovers, have I to use booktitle, journal, or chapter field?

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  • Which bibliography style do you use?
    – Mico
    Nov 14 '15 at 16:44
  • With most (all?) BibTeX bibliography styles I'm familiar with, the entry type @online is not defined, i.e., entries with this type will be treated as being of type @misc. The @misc type will not do anything with booktitle, journal, or chapter fields. However, you could use that type's howpublished and note fields to provide any supplemental information you wish.
    – Mico
    Nov 14 '15 at 17:03
  • Mico, is this have any importance? An information haven’t to be on a special field without worrying about the output? I’ts an offtopic question, but I was also asking if the Usenet’s groupname was necessary if we mention the message url.
    – fauve
    Nov 17 '15 at 0:45
  • The bibliography style is crucially important: it fully determines all aspects of the formatting of all entries, including which fields are processed to begin with. Hence the question in my initial comment: which bibliography style do you use?
    – Mico
    Nov 17 '15 at 6:42
  • All right, I use verbose-trad2.
    – fauve
    Nov 17 '15 at 15:09
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The better way I find is to use crossref

@online{godwinDeclaration,
  Title     = {Re: Nazis (was Re: Card’s Article on Homosexuality)},
  Author    = {Mike Godwin},
  url       = {news:1991Aug18.215029.19421@eff.org},
  date      = {1991-8-18},
  crossref  = {USENETsflovers}
}

@online{USENETsflovers,
  url   = {news:rec.arts.sf-lovers}
}

But, not all style give an imput to this hack.

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  • How is having two fields (after the crossref is resolved) named url going to help? Moreover, most BibTeX styles do not recognize a field named date; they do, of course. recognize a field named year.
    – Mico
    Nov 17 '15 at 6:39

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