Post by Sneaky O. Possum Post by Peter T. Daniels Post by Sneaky O. Possum Post by Peter Moylan
Notice that it's only ever Google Groups users who do it. I suspect
that GG has introduced some feature that makes it more likely that
people will respond to ancient posts, but I'm not sufficiently
masochistic to go and look.
I am, and I've already looked. I think the problem began when Google
improved the accessbility of its USENET archive. Google Groups users
can now view several decades' worth of archived posts - using exactly
the same interface provided for viewing and responding to current
posts. Search for a keyword and GG returns an indiscriminately mixed
list of old and new results; look at any of those results and GG will
invite you to respond, providing nothing that might remind an
inexperienced user to check the date of a post before replying to it.
Caveat lector, as they say.
That doesn't explain why those irruptions come specifically from gmail users.
That's presumably because a gmail account includes a Google Groups
account. It seems to me that inexperienced users are more likely to
either stumble onto a newsgroup because they have a gmail account
That's not very likely. You have to look at the "more products" list,
work your way to the bottom and click on "even more", and then scroll
down the resulting page (which is in a new tab) to find the "social"
The most likely ways of getting into GG is to have been invited by
someone, or to have done a search for some term and have a GG answer
pop up on the results list. Actually, I may be wrong. Because I got
to the Web2Py GG list from the Web2Py web pages, is kind of like being
invited, but only if you consider the sign for "Market Street Exit" to
be an invitation.
Post by Sneaky O. Possum
up for a gmail account under the mistaken assumption that they need one
to use Google Groups.
I see Guy has a post that suggests it is no longer a mistaken
That isn't a handicap for me, as I already had the GMail accounts. I
sort of have a Yahoo mail account, but I don't really try to use it for
anything, because I don't like Yahoo mail. (I do like Flikr.) I
haven't had an MS-based email account since 2008 (it went with the old
job, and it was in-house with Exchange Server). I haven't had an
ISP-based account since I stopped using a landline to access dialup
(Squirrel Mail was a bit strange, I think).
Anyway, I blame the very-very-old-thread-resurrection on search
Killing a mouse was hardly a Nobel Prize-worthy exercise, and Lawrence
went apopleptic when he learned a lousy rodent had peed away all his
precious heavy water.
_The Disappearing Spoon_, Sam Kean