Comp.lang.forth: banned on google groups?

Joseph S. Barrera III joe at
Wed Jul 29 15:42:31 CDT 2020

Right now it's (temporarily?) hidden, not deleted. Hopefully it will be
restored. (I used to be a member of the Google Groups project.) Banned
groups aren't deleted for some number of weeks in case the ban was a

There are also some backups at

On Wed, Jul 29, 2020 at 1:11 PM Dave via cctalk <cctalk at>

> I was looking for an old post on comp.lang.forth, and was surprised to
> discover that the group doesn't appear to be hosted on google groups any
> more.  Searching the group pulls up a "banned group" message, and selecting
> the "continue to the group" button shows 0 messages in the group.  This
> appears to be due to spam showing up in the unmoderated group.
> Google bought Dejanews years ago, and, as I understand, was the defacto
> main usenet repository.  Is is all really gone, or just temporarily
> hidden?  How long ago did this happen?  Is the full comp.lang.forth archive
> available anywhere?
> I wonder if it's time to set up some NNTP mirrors and gather as much
> historical usenet content as possible.  Much of the overall content is
> garbage, but there's some priceless stuff in there, and even more that will
> become interesting in light of future developments.
> Dave

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