Post by sms Post by David Kaye Post by sms
I think that Dejanews already did that. Too bad Google wrecked it. But
they probably decided to destroy it because they could not find a way to
How is it destroyed? There are still all kinds of Usenet servers around the
world. The only major damage that was done was when the big ISPs such as
Comcast and AT&T stopped carrying Usenet after worries about kiddie porn
being transmitted in the binaries. But today most Usenet servers don't even
carry the binaries.
It's just a matter of someone making Usenet cool by designing a new
interface and promoting it.
I'm saying that Google wrecked Dejanews, not that Google wrecked Usenet.
Dejanews was great when you could search the archives, though I suspect some
people are thrilled that others can't do that anymore.
Any Usenet front end would have to deal with the kinds of bizarre people in
ba.broadcast and automatically de-spam the groups with a massive filtering
database and algorithms.
I would worry about a situation like with Yelp. You see how poorly the Yelp
filter works. Yelp filters out massive numbers of legitimate reviews with
their algorithms, making Yelp almost useless (personally, I still use Yelp
and I avoid businesses that are Yelp advertisers, and always read the "Not
Recommended" reviews). Of course any reviews I write are quickly filtered
out by Yelp even though they are all completely legitimate.
have my sole remaining review which is now "Not Recommended" of course.
You're simply not trustworthy in Yelp's eyes.
Maybe if you didn't keep removing almost all your reviews, Yelp would one
day start to trust you as a valid reviewer. For the first year or two I was
on Yelp, my reviews kept appearing and disappearing due to Yelp's fabled and
lambasted filtering algorithm. But finally, they stuck.
Yelp is probably flagging your reviews due to how you use (or not use) Yelp.
BTW, do you use the Yelp app on your smartphone while logged into your
Yelp account? Among my friends, those who regularly use Yelp tend to have
their reviews stick (and been seen as legitimate), while those who rarely
use Yelp while logged in tend to have their reviews disappear (at least
BTW, why did you remove your rating and review of Yelp, itself?