Lost message

Jerry Thomas jerry at boc.chem.ruu.nl
Wed Jan 4 07:51:35 EST 1995

r.jefferis at bham.ac.uk (Roy Jefferis) wrote:
> Since I responded to one of your messages I notice that my first message
> to this Newsgroup seems to have been "lost". This was the one titled 
> "glycosylation of receptors". Do you now how this came about and/or how 
> it can be avoided. I assume it has been deleted from everyones file - 
> correct ?

If you are losing old postings, then the _problem_ may well be with 
your local host:

Your host system stores all of its Usenet messages in one place, which everybody
with an account on the system can access. That way, no matter how many people 
actually read a given message,each host system has to store only one copy of it.
Your local host is unlikely to keep all postings available to you indefinitely.
You must therefore save them yourself. 
(See EFF's Internet Guide at http://www.Germany.EU.net/books/eegtti/eeg_68.html#SEC69) 

You may be able to find archives of old postings, as described in the 
following FAQ:

 42. Where can I get archives of Usenet postings?

     Most Usenet newsgroups are not archived in any organized fashion,
     though it's likely that if you look hard enough someone will have
     kept much or most of the traffic (either on disk or on some tape
     gathering dust somewhere).  The volume on Usenet is simply too
     high to keep everything on rotating magnetic media forever,
     however.  The signal-to-noise ratio is too low in many groups to
     make them good candidates for archiving.

     One person's signal is another person's noise; if you're lucky,
     you'll find someone who has been keeping the good parts of a
     particular newsgroup in their own personal stash to save up for
     later.  How to get access to a group that *is* archived depends
     on what kind of group it is:

     * The "sources" and "binaries" groups are generally archived at
       multiple sites; for more information about getting access to
       them, see the posting entitled "How to find sources" in

     * If the newsgroup is moderated, it's likely to be archived.  For
       archive locations, see the posting entitled "Usenet Moderated
       Newsgroup Archive List" in news.lists.

     * Some non-source newsgroups can be found by asking "archie"
       about the group name.  See the comp.sources.wanted posting
       mentioned above for information about how to use "archie."

     * In other groups, if the group has a Frequently Asked Questions
       posting or another periodic posting about the group, check that
       posting to see if it mentions where the group is archived.  If
       not, then you'll have to post a message in the newsgroup and
       ask if it is archived anywhere.
(From news:news.announce.newusers  
via http://www.rpi.edu/Internet/Guides/decemj/itools/cmc-mass-usenet.html)

I hopo this helps.

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