reading the wreck on Google groups via internet explorer, I would sometimes
come across a very long thread that stretches back years, and had been added to
recently, after a gap of many years. Why, I wondered, does that happen?
Well, now I know. I posted from AOL, and on AOL, my post appears with seven
responses...but when I check the post on Google groups, it has been linked
with a rail-and-stile thread from 1998...as I said, Fascinating!
to e-mail, remove 'nojunk' from e-mail address
The whole subject of USENET is pretty murky and is doubly so because so many
administrators add their own little quirks and prejudices to how their
servers respond. Some servers have an absolutely huge capacity and old
messages are seldom deleted and somebody responding to an old message on one
of these will find their message properly threaded. But when that server
passes the post down the line the message may find itself on servers under
different control which delete posts within days and there will be nothing
to thread the reply to so you wind up with one of those "RE: FUBAR" messages
floating on its own. Overall USENET is one of the miracles of the INTERNET.
A miracle that it works at all...
email@example.com (Eric G.) wrote in
Because Google, who are brilliant when it comes to the web, are
astoundingly clueless about Usenet. For some braindead reason
they decided that all posts with the same subject line are part
of the same thread (modulo the addition of "re:"). Thus they'll
quite happily glom together totally unconnected threads which
might be seperated by years.
By the same token, if the subject line in a thread changes
for any reason, Google will happily start a new thread, with
no way to connect back to the original thread & see how the
I unfortunately must use google for reading rec.ww. I check it out
while I'm at work and the corporate firewall blocks all but port 80.
All of the other web-based newsreaders I've seen require subscriptions
for posting, while google is free.
The biggest problem I have is with google's postings. 3-8 hour delay,
so it sometimes seems like I'm not paying attention with my replies :)
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