Changes in Google Groups - sources posted to Usenet lost forever?

A few Usenet groups allowed users to post their source code as shar archive. The Google Groups website supported access to those groups, viewing the message in the original (raw) format and upacking the sources. Unfortunately, last update of Google Groups has dropped a possibility to access the original of the Usenet posts. The "formatted" (in fact corrupted) version of the message does not allow to unpack the (now damaged) shar archive. Does it mean that all sources that were posted to Usenet are now lost for us forever? Is there any other way to access the old Usenet messages in their original form?

TIA & Regards, Wojtek

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I think you are referring to the indication Google gives that you can't vie w the "original message" because of email protections or something similar. Seems very goofy, but there it is.

But bear in mind that Google Groups is not usenet. However, retention of u senet posts varies with the access provider and is seldom "forever".

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I'll just quote the thread:

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"Google bought the Usenet archive from Dejanews. Having now "banned" these groups there is no way to access the historically important posts spanning decades. Pointing at another Usenet service that provides access to current posts is irrelevant. If Google are unwilling to continue to host the archive they should donate it to the internet archive or a similar group. Erasing history is not acceptable."

With best regards, Wojtek

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They provide 12 years of retention. Seems like it should be easy to not de lete anything, but I guess the use of usenet is not one of those things tha t is growing exponentially making the previous usage small in comparison.

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