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This newsgroup (comp.lang.python) may soon be blocked by Google Groups

markb77 at gmail.com writes:

> On Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 6:01:58 PM UTC+1, superchromix wrote:
>> Our own programming discussion newsgroup, located at
>> comp.lang.idl-pvwave, started receiving spam messages several months
>> ago.
>> Two weeks ago, access to comp.lang.idl-pvwave was blocked by Google
>> Groups.
>> When trying to access comp.lang.idl-pvwave, a message is now
>> displayed, stating that the group owner needs to remove the spam,
>> and can then apply to Google in order to have access reinstated.
>> However, old public Usenet groups like this have no owner. The
>> comp.lang.idl-pvwave group is more than 20 years old. Hence, there
>> is no way to unblock the group.
>> This is a serious problem, since the entire collection of postings
>> going back many years has been blocked, no just the spam. This
>> resource is frequently used by IDL programmers.
>> Seeing the spam postings in this newsgroup, I expect something
>> similar may happen to comp.lang.python, soon.
> The problem I have now is that there is no public, searchable archive
> of comp.lang.idl-pvwave available. This was the real benefit of Google
> groups, from my point of view.
> There is something called "narkive", but its search function seems to
> be broken, and it doesn't archive very far back in time.

A couple of other mail archivers are:


Pete Forman