So, I was trying to do a search of the group archives using Google
Groups. It seems that I'm only getting results from the past month. I
did a test search on the term 'saw' and only got 280 results, with the
oldest being from July 9.
I've looked all over in the groups preferences and so on, but cannot
find anything that would set a limit on the age of the results. Any
one have the same problem, or a fix?
On Wed, 29 Jul 2009 19:46:50 -0500, Gordon Shumway
I believe the typical news server doesn't archive the content. If
that's the case, the only posts that would be available would be those
within that server's retention policy which varies from provider to
There may be more complete archives of specific groups, but it's my
understanding that Google Groups is probably the most complete (least
incomplete?) general archive available.
Currently there are over 30,000 posts on Newsguy that match the OP's
criteria. The oldest is dated May of 2005. I have no idea how long
Google retains posts for but I would think it wouldn't be that long.
See my reply to J.Clarke. I didn't sort Google by date to find the
oldest message because I couldn't find how to sort. How old is the
oldest message at google for this group? Is it older than Newsguy's
May of 2005?
I regularly get results from 1998 and earlier when doing basic
I just recently tried to look up some information on solid surface
countertops in here, because it's a regularly discussed topic, and I
got 1 result, and that was with "Corian." I couldn't even use "solid
surface counter" and get any hits.
Hopefully they get this cleared up soon.
Then click on "Advanced Search".
Pick a date range of 1/1/1992 - 1/1/1993
In the field below that put in rec.woodworking.
Leave everything else blank and click on the Advanced Search
What I see is 3110 messages that meet that criteria.
Well, Gordon, you think wrong. Google Groups is what used to be known as
"dejanews", whose sole purpose to existence was an attempt to archive
_everything_ that had _ever_ been posted on USENET. When Google took over
deja, they had posts going back to 1996. Google has since obtained several
other archives that contain posts going back to 1981.
Where Google went wrong was when they decided to compete with USENET instead
of just archiving it.
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