2018-04-24 15:37:27 UTC
"Banned Content Warning
The group you are attempting to view (soc.history.what-if) has been
identified as containing spam, malware, or other malicious content. Content
in this group is now limited to view-only mode for those with access.
Group owners can request an appeal after they have taken steps to clean up
potentially offensive content in the forum. For more information about
content policies on Google Groups see our Help Center article on abuse and
our Terms of Service"
When I proceeded on to the group, it said, "No topics are available in this
So it seems that Google has decided to punish SHWI users for its own failure
to deal with the spam that has frequently been reported for abuse.
Of course I can still use the group through Usenet servers (most of them
charge, but there are some free ones like nntp.aioe.org) and my free
However, I do most of my alternate history posting nowadays at
alternatehistory.com https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/ and suggest that
others do likewise if the situation here does not improve. Registration is
simple and free, posts show up quickly, and the moderators in general do not
seeem to have abused their power to ban people (well, at least they never