On Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7:37:10 PM UTC-4, Don Stone ... wrote:
Post by Don Stone (***@donstonetech.com)
Responding to your last paragraph, the only other Usenet archive (besides Google) with which I am familiar is https://www.theusenetarchive.com/, which is not free.
The now-defunct gateway was between gen-medieval and Usenet.
Thanks, Don. Now it makes sense.
Regarding the Google Groups URLs, I see two patterns (I'll use an example from the recent RD900 topic):
This form with "#!topic" between "forum" and "soc.genealogy.medieval"
opens on the most recent post in the topic.
This form with "#!msg" between "forum" and "soc.genealogy.medieval" and the id of a specific post at the end of the url,
opens on a specific post in the topic.
The link that Google Groups provides for the specific post is actually
but the "d/msg" part of the url appears to get translated to "forum/#!msg" when one pastes the url into a browser.
That brings up the question of which form of the url will be stable.
An alternative url for the topic is
When this url is pasted into a browser, "d/topic" is changed to "forum/#!topic" and, as above, opens on the most recent post in the topic.
At the top of the page for a topic, on the top left under the topic name and to the right of the "number of posts and number of contributors" information, there is a down arrow. If one clicks on that down arrow, one of the menu choices is "Link to this topic." The url provided is in the "d/topic" form, but with the word "discussion" at the end,
With or without "discussion" at the end of the url, this url opens on the most recent post in the topic (and the "d/topic" part is changed to "forum/#!topic" when pasted into a browser.
Anyone know how to find out which form of the url Google intends to be the permanent form or is the preferred form to use in a citation? "#" may be a query character (rather than a standard character) in a url. Hopefully the alphanumeric string for the topic and the alphanumeric string for the specific post are intended to be permanent!