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Troll
2020-01-01 20:00:56 UTC
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I am thinking that soc.history.what-if is still a functional usenet
group. This is a test to make sure.
Byker
2020-01-02 21:12:39 UTC
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I am thinking that soc.history.what-if is still a functional usenet group.
This is a test to make sure.
Uh-huh: https://tinyurl.com/rkpb5g6
Ned Latham
2020-01-02 23:12:57 UTC
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I am thinking that soc.history.what-if is still a functional usenet group.
Good heavens, no.
This is a test to make sure.
Apparently Google have "deleted" it.

Perhaps with the Microsoft morons unable to fill it with their idiot noise,
the content and tone will improve.
The Horny Goat
2020-01-03 00:49:55 UTC
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On Thu, 02 Jan 2020 17:12:57 -0600, Ned Latham
Post by Ned Latham
I am thinking that soc.history.what-if is still a functional usenet group.
Good heavens, no.
This is a test to make sure.
Apparently Google have "deleted" it.
Perhaps with the Microsoft morons unable to fill it with their idiot noise,
the content and tone will improve.
There used to be a site called "DejaNews" which did for Usenet what
the Wayback Machine does for the web today. Google bought it out and
eventually has downgraded their support of it as they've found no way
to monetize that which is chiefly what Google cares about. Not every
Google acquisition has made them the sort of $$$ Youtube or Gmail has!

Again - by the time Google removed SHWI from their list of supported
groups a lot of Usenet users were accessing Usenet via Google so when
they dropped SHWI as a supported group they cut off a lot of users.
That most of the worst abusers were originating from Google owned IP
addresses did not impress them in the least - they were happy to
downgrade a newsgroup that had become a pain for them.

There are LOTS of binary newsgroups that used to be strong that have
been largely killed off by the trolls that by converting all titles to
hexadecimal coded address have essentially turned the newsgroups
affected into private torrent sites which is antithetical to what
Usenet is supposed to be about but...
Chrysi Cat
2020-01-02 22:51:31 UTC
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Post by Troll
I am thinking that soc.history.what-if is still a functional usenet
group.  This is a test to make sure.
As pointed out in a.h.w-i, it _is._ But it's only accessible via actual
Usenet servers and actual non-web clients, which means that it's more a
niche thing now than it would have been in 1981 or 82.

I'd suspect there are literally NO lurkers, which means not much of a
base to get ideas from or bounce solutions off.
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a425couple
2020-01-07 14:51:50 UTC
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Post by Chrysi Cat
Post by Troll
I am thinking that soc.history.what-if is still a functional usenet
group.  This is a test to make sure.
As pointed out in a.h.w-i, it _is._ But it's only accessible via actual
Usenet servers and actual non-web clients, which means that it's more a
niche thing now than it would have been in 1981 or 82.
I'd suspect there are literally NO lurkers, which means not much of a
base to get ideas from or bounce solutions off.
Huh???

I now access newsgroups by using the "Thunderbird"
program and thru using the internet service provider
"Newsguy".
John Dallman
1970-01-01 00:00:00 UTC
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Post by Chrysi Cat
As pointed out in a.h.w-i, it _is._ But it's only accessible via
actual Usenet servers and actual non-web clients, which means that
it's more a niche thing now than it would have been in 1981 or 82.
I'd suspect there are literally NO lurkers, which means not much of
a base to get ideas from or bounce solutions off.
Depends what you mean by "lurkers", really. I doubt many people have ever
read Usenet daily *via a website* without ever commenting. Needing to use
a bookmark for each group seems to me like significantly more trouble
than having a client program that downloads and presents the groups.

I really doubt that people who access the net via mobile devices will
ever use Usenet in significant numbers, and they're the majority now. But
a group that connects a few dozen people around the world is just fine.

John
MummyChunk
2020-02-10 11:59:09 UTC
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Post by Troll
I am thinking that soc.history.what-if is still a functional usene
group. This is a test to make sure
Working for me. I lur
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