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On Monday, June 9, 2014 5:14:19 PM UTC-4, Tekkie® wrote:

The problem is that I've pointed out about 6 times now that the poster who made the post that got M's shorts in a knot is using a "real newsgroup service". The post was not made from Google Groups, Gmail, Homweowner's Forum, etc.
And I see no problem in making a legitimate post to an old thread instead of starting a whole new one. Which is better? Using the old thread, so people can see the context, what was already answered, etc? Or just starting a new thread, "How do I fix my garage door spring?" I've seen plenty of people here tells a poster that asks such a question to go use google. Then when they do, and then use google groups to make a post, you have the net police bitching that they shouldnt use GG, but instead:
read a tutorial on newsgroups investigate a bunch of newsreader clients and figure out which one they wan t download it, possibly paying for it, install it. figure out which newsgroup service they want to use, possibly pay for that. figure out how it all works then make a post, apparently asking the same question all over that already has a lot of comments and advice in the old thread.
This is just like people bitching that PCs suck, only Apple rules. Or Windows sucks, you should only use Linux. And it's not a very welcoming message for someone making their first post. Maybe the person won't make another post for a year, or ever. They should go through all the above, when they can make a post with GG in a couple minutes? In most cases it doesn't matter, because we never hear from most of these one hit wonder posters again. Just like this one.
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On 6/10/2014 8:29 AM, trader_4 wrote:

Yeah, he made another typical newbie error, which was he subscribed to a newsgroup, the news server loaded all the messages it had for the group, and he failed to mark the older messages as read to clear them from his newsreader.
Really, the best anyone can hope for is that people read more carefully before they hit reply. Once they realize it's a very old message, hopefully they'll understand the general futility of a response.

The main problem is when the response refers to things in previous messages that the OP read, but that are no longer available to the vast majority of newsgroup readers. Coming in on the middle of a conversation can be very confusing.
Certain other newsgroups have problems with posters replying to decades-old messages about people they know personally, or incidents they were personally involved in. Their intent is to try to clear the person's name or rebut the information in the original message. They don't realize that by replying to an ancient message, they just opened up that closet and displayed the skeleton inside to the world all over again.
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On Thursday, June 12, 2014 1:49:01 PM UTC-4, Moe DeLoughan wrote:

It's not confusing to me. I see the whole thread. I guess you're newsgroup reader is just inferior, but I won't tell you that it's a piece of crap and you must do it another way.

Someone going around intending to clear someone's name on old posts on newsgroups....... wow, there's a real world problem everyone should worry about.
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Apparently you have a much broader definition of "bitching" than do most people.
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| Google search results include Usenet posts. Click on the link and the | post displays, but the Usenet newsgroup and date information aren't | all that noticeable unless you read carefully. Click on the Reply | button and if you're already signed into your Google account, you can | post your reply without thinking any more about it. |
Thanks for that explanation. I figured it must be something like that, but I wasn't sure. It seems there are really several problems there: Google shouldn't let them answer an old post, and they should also provide some way to clarify to people what they're dealing with. Since Usenet posts are getting reprinted online I think a lot of people who have never used Usenet think they're coming across a web forum. But perhaps it's as one person suggested: Google couldn't care less about any of it as long as they're serving another page with ads.
| Google makes it easy to be an idiot. I'm not being sarcastic. I | recently took part in a discussion of a test of website functionality | for researchers. To the utter frustration and despair of the people | who'd spent all their time crafting the site, when it was live-tested | it on average people, all but one of the test subjects ignored *all* | of the research tools and links to still more tools on the site. | Instead, they just went to Google, which led to all of them but the | one who used the site failing the usability challenge. Since they | weren't using the proper tools, they were unable to locate any of the | information they'd been tasked to find. | | Google is good for a lot of stuff, but it doesn't cover everything. | Problem is, people are so habituated to it, they can't even spend five | minutes looking at a site built specifically for finding information | in order to select the best tool for the particular job.
I see the same thing with acquaintances. One of my own brothers had to get a new email account last week because he was cancelling his dial-up account. I explained his options to him, warned about privacy issues on the big ones (MS, gmail, yahoo) and sent him links to pick an email service. He picked gmail for one reason: He wouldn't have to change as many settings to get POP3 access because his old ISP, isp.com, had already subbed out their email to gmail some time ago. So even with handholding he was too lazy to deal with it!
I think there's also a problem in presentation, though. Tech companies often don't want people to learn how to use things because it means more tech support. They also overdo it in trying to make things easy. And maybe the worst problem of all: there are too many marketing people in decision-making roles. I was just reading an article about the cloud fad in the NYT. They were explaining how to access one's files through various cloud services. Common sense would dictate that if one wants to copy a stored file for local access there should be a menu that says something like "Copy Here". But the cloud companies don't want people to think of a distinction between cloud and local. They don't want people to understand it. They want people to be both wowed by and dependent on the cloud service. At Google Drive one selects "Keep on this device" to download a stored file. On MS OneDrive one selects "Make offline" or "Make available offline", depending on how one is accessing the file. In other words, it's deliberately designed to sell an idea of convenience while hiding how it actually works: "Don't even worry about files. All of your data is anywhere you want it to be."
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On Thursday, June 12, 2014 9:40:42 AM UTC-4, Mayayana wrote:

Except that's it's wrong. When I do a google groups search both the newsgroup and the date are both clearly shown. In particular, I've told you about 10 times now that the date and time are right there in the first line for all to see.
It seems there

Why not? If there is a thread on fixing a garage door spring, it's better to just ask the question all over again, instead of seeing the previous responses in the thread and going from there? You like to re-invent the wheel? People should make 25 posts instead of building on what's there? I think the real problem is your newsreader and method of accessing the newsgroups sucks, but I won't tell you that you're doing it all wrong. You can use what you want. But don't keep bitching about what works better.
and they should also provide

I use Google Groups. You don't. I'm using it right now. I don't see a single ad.

There you go again. You were here bitching about someone telling you that Windows was a piece of crap and one should use Linux because it's so superior. Now here you are doing essentially the same thing. Because someone chooses a different mail service, they're lazy.... Good grief.

Because that's what most people, like your friend, want.
And maybe the worst problem of all:

Good grief, nothing would make you happy.
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On 6/12/2014 10:21 AM, trader_4 wrote:

Actually, I said "Google search", not Google Groups search. A Google search includes Google Groups, but the average person doesn't start their search at Google Groups, they start with the standard Google search.
both

I'm getting a strong suspicion that you don't really understand Usenet and Google Groups, and the differences between them.
If you're referring to this type of first line found in the message body:
"On Sat, 30 Mar 2002 15:43:54 GMT, "The Beemer"
*that* line is created when replying to a message and is usually included in the reply, but it can be edited out of the response, in which case it will not appear in the reply. It also won't display in the first line of a top-posted reply. When top posting, the initial message with that information is hidden under the "show quoted text" hotlink. For instance, this reply to a post:
Howard and Sue 11/26/11     
Saw him at the Indy parade in 2008. Sorry for your loss. Howard and Susie Alpine Ca - show quoted text -
Note there is no time/date stamp of the type shown in my first example. There is a date displayed, but it is at the far right of the screen. Most people are reading the message body and pay no attention to the corner of the message, so they don't see that date.
Then we've got this example as a result of a standard Google search:
alt.music.makers.soloact › This Ought To Be Fun 169 posts by 24 authors
    The Beemer      3/30/02
Thursday evening, I played a reception for the National Society of Black Engineers Annual Convention at the Peabody, in Orlando....
Again, most people focus on the message body. They don't look to the far upper right and read the message date, or if they do, they don't grasp its meaning. Same goes for the newsgroup name, which is in smaller print above the message header, which is also in a larger font than that used for the newsgroup name. How many people have any idea what that "alt.music makers" even means? *Maybe* ten out of a hundred. Most people, if asked, would give you a blank look in reply. So, if they even notice it, they then ignore it, because to them it lacks meaning and context.

I agree with you there, simply because Google does not and should not have the power to determine who gets to reply to anything on Usenet. They don't own it, after all (even though they do own the former DejaNews Usenet archive).

Not the standard Google ads, that's for sure. However, there are an awful lot of Google Groups created to sell products, and all the messages within those groups are ads. Thus, certain types of searches - say, a generic search for a particular make/model of a car - tend to retrieve a whole bunch of advertisements masquerading as GG posts. I have no idea if Google considers those groups/messages as advertising with Google and charges accordingly, or if they just let anyone create a group and post whatever they want. <shrug> It's usually not an issue. >

After acquiring the DejaNews archive, Google used it as the foundation of a new product they introduced (Google Groups), which was initially developed as a WWW portal to Usenet. Further development allowed GG users to create their own non-Usenet GGs. The heart of the problem is that Google combined Usenet and their own Google Groups, thus displaying one part of the Internet (Usenet) in another (the WWW) and mixing it up with their proprietary product. To add insult to injury, they made a business decision to not make that clear to users. Thus, anyone who has no previous experience with Usenet (the bulk of Internet users) hasn't a clue that their Google Groups is actually a single interface for two different sections of the Internet.
Does it matter? It does when the one-size-fits-all approach creates confusion for the users. It doesn't matter to Google, because their goal is to deliver access to information, not to educate users as to what it is about. Same goes on a much smaller level for companies that earn ad revenue by porting selected Usenet newsgroups to their websites. Most users of those sites have no idea that they're accessing a Usenet newsgroup via a web-based portal, and they don't care, either. If they did, they'd go direct to the newsgroup in question via a newsreader, or use Google Groups while understanding its limitations (and thus not being fooled by those same limitations).
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On Thursday, June 12, 2014 1:28:42 PM UTC-4, Moe DeLoughan wrote:

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Actually what you said was this:
"Google search results include Usenet posts. Click on the link and the post displays, but the Usenet newsgroup and date information aren't all that noticeable unless you read carefully. "
So, you search with google, you see the search results. If one of the results you're interested in is from GG and you click on the link to that post, the post displays and both the newsgroup it's from and the date are clearly displayed are *both* right there.

I do understand both, but I'm getting a strong suspcicion that like another poster here, you don't even use Google Groups and don't know how it works.

No, I'm referring to what I see in Google Groups main display.

Good grief. The date and time is right there. So, it's on the right. I see it. Anyone who gives a damn can see it too. And it's right next to the "reply" arrow button, it's not like it's hidden somewhere. I have yet to hear a single GG poster complain that they can't see the date/time on posts. I only see people who don't even use it bitching.

I see, so now it's too hard to grasp the meaning of the message date, which is clearly displayed. Maybe for you, not for me.
Same goes for the newsgroup name, which is in

As a percentage of the population, not many. But they don't need to in order to post a follow on question. You think they need to read a tutorial on newsgroups, when they just want to know how to fix their garage door spring? Good grief. The other poster who is bitching away thinks they need to do that, evaluate which newsgroup reader they want to use, download it, maybe pay for it, figure out which newsgroup service they want to use, maybe pay a monthly fee for that, install it all, figure out how it works, then and only then, post their question. And even better, they should just post the question blind, starting a new thread on how to fix the garage door spring all over again, when I can see the full thread from a year ago that they are replying to on GG. It has all the other replies, so I don't have to re-invent the wheel. And then the person may not use a newsgroup for a year, or ever again. But they should learn how they work, install readers, sign up/pay for newsgroup service? Really?
*Maybe* ten out of a hundred.

And so what? They post their question or comment. I see, it you see it. What's the problem?

It's the latter. Anyone can create a group.

It doesn't bother me. I use it. It works. You don't like it, use something else.
To add insult to injury,

I don't see anyone bitching about being confused. I only see people like you here bitching about GG allegedly confusing people.
It doesn't matter to Google, because their

That's kind of the goal for most of the internet and most businesses too. They deliver what people want in a simple to use format that they can use.
Same goes on a much smaller level for companies

Again, you admit they don't care, so why do you?
If they did, they'd go direct to the newsgroup in

Geez, all they want is an answer to how to fix their garage door.
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Moe DeLoughan wrote:

Very rarely do they include usenet posts.
Unless something has changed recently...
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On 6/12/2014 9:10 AM, HomeGuy wrote:

They routinely include usenet posts that include the search terms or subject line. Do a Google search on this subject line.
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| > Google search results include Usenet posts. | | Very rarely do they include usenet posts. |
I just did a search for:
"Ha anybody ever had a lowes installer come out to their home"
It returned a site called homeownershub.com that's reprinting Usenet as their own content. It also returned a link to Google Groups. I've done such searches for years when I come across a snippet of promising text. (Though I don't see Google Groups anymore. They've switched a script-heavy, obfuscated page coding to block people who disable javascript, so I only see a blank page there.)
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Ironically, I find that typing "Netflix + a DVD title" into Google gets me to the DVD I am looking for a lot faster than logging in through the Netflix site and then using their search box. Same with Ebay and Amazon. That's just not right and even Netflix tech support (2nd tier) agrees it's ridiculous. Those three sites all want to "show you stuff" and track your movements long before they want to let you search for something in particular.
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| Ironically, I find that typing "Netflix + a DVD title" into Google gets me | to the DVD I am looking for a lot faster than logging in through the Netflix | site and then using their search box. Same with Ebay and Amazon. That's | just not right and even Netflix tech support (2nd tier) agrees it's | ridiculous.
I find the same thing in general. One of the worst is Microsoft. They make the most common OS, so one would think they know how to make a website, but I would never go to microsoft.com to look for any kind of information or download from them. Whenever I have done that I just end up going in circles.
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That's

That's like shopping at Ikea. "What do you mean, I have to walk through the whole damn store just to buy a clamp lamp?" I refuse to shop there anymore because I feel like a cow in a slaughterhouse. All that's missing is the Judas goat.
P.S. Who says MS knows how to design an OS? (-:
I think the web is rapidly approaching the biblical concept of Babel. Use the "View Source" function on big sites like Ebay and you'll see multitudes of routines dedicated to specific browsers. Lots of them use tricks like superimposing buttons to make the versions appear coherent. If you recall, many people reported seeing no warning to change passwords - it all depended on what browser you were using.
I keep seeing more and more scripting "time out" errors because a site like Ebay "touches" so many other sites (lots of them just so they can track you) and if those sites are slow or troubled in some way, the scripts just hang. I've already had to change FF's configuration to tell it to wait longer before it pops up the dreaded "a script is not responding" error.
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Moe DeLoughan posted for all of us...
And I know how to SNIP

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