How to search article text
The Problem and solution
Because there is a limited amount of storage on a local news server, articles must be expired. But fortunately, the accumulated body of information of Usenet is not lost!
There are a number of WWW sites which archive and index Usenet articles. You can retrieve posts which have expired (or perhaps had not even arrived) at your local news server.
Search and you shall receive
Instead of asking a question in a news group, you can use these Usenet archives to retrieve articles which discussed your question, even if months (and years) in the past.
By searching first, (and posting questions only if you find no answers), everyone will be much happier:
- You will get an answer faster. You don't have to wait for your message to reach the far corners of the world. You don't have to rely on someone writing a reply. Perhaps they aren't listening right now, even if they answered the question in the past.
- You won't annoy anyone by asking a question that someone else just asked yesterday. (Usually those kind of questions never get answered. People are too busy.)
- You will also find the groups which have an interest in your topic. So if you cannot find the answer in the archived messages, you will have a good starting place to ask questions.
The search engine I use the most is: Dejanews.
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