Apparently, groups.google.com has changed it's web interface to Usenet
groups. Depending on what kind of system you have, you've got lots
of options to read Usenet that don't involve google's interface.
What are you using for a computer?
occasions...BUT I sure as the devil have not noticed any change
in the "format" ...whatever you mean by that ... of this newsgroup...
I use Agent (free version naturally) as my news reader...
The only thing that I have noticed is that I can update any of my
normal 20 or so newsgroups that I follow in seconds BUT it usually
takes 2 to 3 times longer to update rec. woodworking...
message count does not seem to be the reason..
Man, I am losing it I guess! I didn't do anything different
today. I logged on and now, theway I have been seeing this news group
is exactly the same as it was,except for there is no "New Beta" logo
at the top. I'm not sure how or why my entire screen changed but it
did! It's back and just the way I like it! Now I will need to
investigate to figure out "how it do that".
Thanks for your patience. I promise I'll get my meds checked!
Whatever it is you saw, or think you saw, it had nothing to do with the
newsgroup itself. It sounds like you're using some kind of proprietary
browser/reader thing through some service like AOL or something, and they
changed the look and feel of it somehow.
This newsgroup is a part of Usenet or USENet or USENET or whatever capitals
it's supposed to have. It's ancient technology dating back before the dawn
of graphical user interfaces and other such froofery. I used to read
usenet with a program called "rn" that made me read through every single
article in a newgroup in series. It didn't do threading, it didn't let you
preview the subject headers, or anything like that.
Usenet hasn't changed since those days. Only the face of the programs (or
web interfaces, even) we use to access it. Plus all the irritating people
posting HTML crap and top posting because they don't know any better, and
all the spammers. I guess it's not the same as it always was, but the
underlying technology still is.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek; registered Linux user #243621
Aha! it's simply the new group button. Try it and you'll see the
difference. It all boils down to a personal preference. The new one
doesn't show as many threads and, therefore, is limiting to me. I'll
stick to the old
For a while yesterday the search results for the newsgroups was the new beta
format. They have now changed back to the original search results screen
(well, not exactly - for those who were familiar with the original
I did, and it appears a number of others did likewise, take the time to
respond by e-mail to what looked to me like regression instead of
progress.That may well be why the old Google search results format is back,
at least for a while.
It is interesting that the total number of results returned on any given
name was cut in half under the beta ... which may be academic because IIRC
you can't get more than a 1000 results to display no matter the hits
I think I'm missing a few posts as I look at this. I'm pretty sure
there've been posts since Dec 1 and I'm not seeing them, so this may
have already been mentioned. But here I go anyway.
Anybody click on "About this group" and then check out the "All time
top posters" list? Congratulations, JOAT!
All time top posters
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