Re: Upgrading the news URL

Dan Fabulich (
Mon, 10 Mar 1997 17:25:34 -0800

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Date: Mon, 10 Mar 1997 17:25:34 -0800
From: Dan Fabulich <>
Subject: Re: Upgrading the news URL

> One problem which immediately comes to mind is that news articles are only
> kept for a short time, and the referenced article may well have already
> scrolled off into the bit bucket. The length of time articles are kept is
> dependent on how much disk space the news server has available.

I can think of two answers to this point.

First, a given reply would likely only reference a vanished article for
a brief length of time before it, too, shuffled off its mortal coil.  So
while you would see replies referencing dead posts, they wouldn't do so
for very long.

Second, there are various archives across the Internet which store up
all the noise transmitted over Usenet for indefinite periods of time, so
a 404 on a missing article would just mean that you'd have to check one
of the permanent archives to get it.  In fact, establishing a system
like this might even inspire someone to automate that process.

Either way you look at it, this system is good for everybody.

     -He who laughs last thinks slowest-