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...