[wp-hackers] WP-Hackers on Google Groups

Roy Schestowitz r at schestowitz.com
Sun Oct 22 00:40:08 GMT 2006

___/ On Sat 21 Oct 2006 22:58:25 BST, [ Charles ] wrote : \___

>> Nabble's use of content is not much different from Google's
>> exploitation of UseNet.
> Google Groups is just a web interface/gateway to Usenet.

Would anyone reply to messags from the 80's? The raison detre of  
Google was to provide access to content, maybe provide some tools  
(e.g. Google Video, Goo-Tube, Web authoring, blog hosting), but not to  
become a repository.

> Is Nabble scraping content from Google Groups, or from the list directly?

The list, in the form of E-mail input. In any case, the archives are  
static. With an Alexa rank of ~8000, however gross and inaccurate  
these things may be, it's nothing to sneeze at. Lastly, it uses a  
viral marketing technique to spread itself.

Then again, many so-called 'forums' use the same techniques to absorb  
'Googlejuice'. The problematic ones are those who claim or/and pretend  
to have content ownership. One such example would be JLA forums who  
scrape our Linux advocacy forum. And all that said, I concur with CG  
who said that proliferation of the content may serve our interests as  
well. It's not backed by advertisements and no knowledge is being  
traded /per se/.

Best wishes,


Roy S. Schestowitz, Ph.D. Candidate in Medical Biophysics
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