Managing Google Groups headaches

Roy Smith roy at panix.com
Mon Dec 2 14:29:47 CET 2013


In article <mailman.3461.1385989809.18130.python-list at python.org>,
 Neil Cerutti <neilc at norwich.edu> wrote:

> On 2013-11-28, Roy Smith <roy at panix.com> wrote:
> > In article <RCJlu.5$rx5.0 at fx05.am4>,
> >  Alister <alister.ware at ntlworld.com> wrote:
> >> Perhaps the best option is for everybody to bombard Google
> >> with bug reports (preferably typed with extra long lines &
> >> double spaced as that is clearly what they are used to & we
> >> would not want to upset them would we? )
> >
> > It's pretty clear Google doesn't care about Google Groups.  Or,
> > at least, they don't care that it interacts badly with
> > newsgroups, and in particular with bidirectional
> > newsgroup/mailing-list gateways.
> >
> > The purpose of Google Groups is to generate traffic to their
> > site, which it does just fine.  Making it behave better with
> > newsgroups won't change that, so there's no incentive for them
> > to do so.
> 
> The current situation does force a lot of technology-focused
> people, progammers in particular, into a low opinion of Google.
> The crappy usenet portal is poor marketing.

If you think, "The set of people who are still trying to use usenet 
groups for anything serious" is a lot of people, you don't understand 
the scale on which Google operates.



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