The first kind are forums specific to Google Groups which are inaccessible by NNTP and act more like mailing lists.Prior to the acquisition of its archive by Google (in 2001) the Deja News Research Service was an archive of messages posted to Usenet discussion groups, started in March 1995 by Steve Madere in Austin, Texas. This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an extraordinarily narrow situation that is not generally applicable to the worldwide audience of the internet. I understand that Google Groups has something to do with it, but I'm still confused on the matter.Its powerful search engine capabilities won the service acclaim, generated controversy, and significantly changed the perceived nature of online discussion.While archives of Usenet discussions had been kept for as long as the medium existed, Deja News offered a novel combination of features.It was available to the general public, provided a simple World Wide Web user interface, allowed searches across all archived newsgroups, returned immediate results, and retained messages indefinitely.
The Groups service also provides a gateway to Usenet newsgroups via a shared user interface.
The new version of Google Groups, misleadingly called "Google Groups Beta", has changed several essential features.
This document has not been updated to reflect them.
However, this method suffers from serious problems.
Therefore we shall here consider first a more practical approach, linking via the Google Groups service (previously known as Deja, before that as Deja News), This means that you would not use a (list of Frequently Asked Questions with answers) is more probably useful; you could of course link both to an FAQ and to the corresponding group.