Re: How to construct a Google Groups non-redundant URL for reference purposes
- Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:55:20 -0500
- From: Gabor <gabor@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: How to construct a Google Groups non-redundant URL for reference purposes
Ken Whiton wrote:
*-* On Wed, 15 Feb 2017, at 12:15:48 -0600,
*-* In Article
*-* Danny D. wrote
*-* About How to construct a Google Groups non-redundant URL for
Here is how I just now figured out how to construct a non-redundant
Google Groups URL to a Usenet post from years ago. If you have a
as I post this merely to share to help
others use Usenet as a reference.
I just did this today for the alt-home-repair newsgroup, so all I'm
doing is documenting the steps for others to be able to leverage in
The first two words I thought of when I read your post were "Rube
[ ... ]
5. The initial URLs are messy because they include redundant terms:
[ ... ]
Everything you detailed here is unnecessary, because Google
Groups will give you a non-redundant URL.
At the top of each post, in a box to the right of the date, is a
small down-pointing arrow. Hover your mouse over that arrow and
Google Groups will display a tooltip reading "More message actions".
Click on that arrow and the first item on the pop-up menu is "Link".
Click on that "Link" item and a box opens containing a link already
highlighted, ready for copying-and-pasting.
11. When you go to those four URLs, you get *new* Google URLs for
The corresponding link provided by Google Groups follows each of
your "derived" links.
They may be five characters longer than yours but they're a lot
easier to obtain. ;-) :-D
[Cross-posted and follow-up set to mozilla.general]
Another point is that without the final bit, i.e. using only the
penultimate identifier, you're providing a link to the thread. With
the final identifier you get a link to the post. In a long thread,
it's handy to have the link go directly to the post rather than
requiring the reader to pore through the thread to find it.
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