1. Avatar photo themadprogramer

    Here’s to you, Jimmy; hoping that you and the other members of `nfwritersontheirwayup` cross paths again, someday, somewhere…

    • Simon

      Hi themadprogramer,

      Thank you so much for this post. Quick query: If I get to the part of your post where you say:

      “Raw data collections are stored in assorted, non-alphabetic, batches. To see if a group has its raw data available on the Internet Archive, simply query:”

      … and no result appears ~ is there a workaround, or someone to contact to see when the OPEN group I have found (using the previous parts of your blog) posts might be uploaded again?

      Thank you so much.

  2. Karl

    I wish that this was simpler. I am lost, thus far.

    • Avatar photo themadprogramer

      I hear the Yahoo Geddan folks are working on something like a search tool, but that’s still early in development ūüôĀ

    • Anonymous

      That would be awesome, but so far have not heard anything. Thanks. Would love seeing the yahoo groups return even if we can’t post but can read.

    • Anonymous

      That would be great even if just to read.

  3. Cindy

    Hi dear Jimmy, thank you sooooo much for your explanation. I’ve recovered the messages of a beloved and deeply missed Yahoo Group, it was almost instantly using only my smartphone! God bless you!!!

  4. KarenV.

    The instructions skip steps between downloading the csv file for the right starting letter (I’ve done that, and found the name of the group in the CVS file) and determining that that group was archived and downloading the tar file. There’s a huge disconnect there. I’m staring at the line in the csv file that has the name of my group, and I can’t figure out from the instructions what to look at next or what my next move is.

  5. Frank

    I tried to view my old TYPEWRITERS group. I found the correct web archive GZ, including many Yahoo Groups. Than I opened the WARC at the replayweb-page. But I see only the first records of other groups in the same batch. It doesn’t look like a webpage either. How can I read the TYPEWRITER group mails from there? Thanks!

    • Judy

      Frank did you figure out how to decipher the WARC data ? I am at that point now and no way to search for the data but just open all the url messages on-by-one and try to interpret the json language. Any help would be appreciated.

  6. Chris

    Sorry to say I found the instructions very difficult to follow, and even after I more or less figured them out, still couldn’t understand how to recover anything. I always told myself I wouldn’t do Facebook, but at least there are still chat groups there, so maybe some of my old groupmates have joined them.

    • Michelle Menard

      I found the instructions very difficult to understand as well

  7. Chris

    I also could not understand how to accomplish a recovery from these instructions. I am a professional content editor and would be happy to devote some time to this effort. Clarity is my specialty: writing instruction manuals. In any case the first step here is to clearly tell the reader to what address must they go to start their search. (Notice I wrote “their” instead of “there” which indicates I know how to write.)

    • Avatar photo themadprogramer

      Hi. It’s a verbose process unfortunately. The team behind the archive is working on making a better index/searching system, but until then it’s quite a manually involved process.

      At the very least, we do want to make a video tutorial, to save people the time and effort of reading, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet. If you are a content creator yourself, please do feel free to go ahead and one-up us if you can (^_^)

    • Lindsay

      Hello! I’ve made it to the last step, but when I click on a link, it says that the page “is not part of this archive.” And to “click here” to load the live page on a new tab. Though, nothing comes up. Did I miss something?

  8. KG

    It’s frustrating. I found every group that I wanted to look up, but every one was members-only. I even remember my account name and password >_< The internet has failed me!


    Thank You for helping me, to cover my yahoo account


    I am so glad to belong again, to the wonderful Yahoo groups

  11. Katherine

    I was so disappointed to find out that the wonderful Yahoo Groups was no longer supported. I wonder if the ones I belonged to opened up elsewhere. It was great to have them all in one spot.

  12. Stevarino

    Found the targets group but Is there some format available to make all the messages readable amidst the raw code?

  13. Wade Casaldi

    Thank you so much, I have my group back, even though it looks all messed up with formatting information. Google Chrome book doesn’t seem to like the formatting information, it just prints it as text. But getting the WARC file to actually load and be readable even if mixed up is wonderful. I can piece it all back together in a document.

  14. Wow – Must admit that I am still working on these steps. I was moderator of the Eva Cassidy group for over a decade. I’d so very much like to retrieve the messages.

  15. Anonymous

    These instructions are a JOKE, right???

  16. Tom

    Thanks for setting this up and posting. You had all the info I needed to get the yahoo group archives I was looking for. Thank you! However, perhaps have an executive summary at the top to distill the process. Something like:
    1) go to https://archive.org/details/archiveteam_yahoogroups
    2) Search for your group name under “search collections”
    3) if you find your group, click through on the icon, then download the “WEB ARCHIVE GZ” from the right (it will download a warc.gz file)
    4) after you unzip the warc.gz, use an online tool like replayweb.page to read the raw warc file
    5) note: you can also rename the warc file to warc.txt and then search/process it on your computer as a giant text file (which can be easier to manage than many warc browsers, particularly if you are good with unix)

  17. How can I recover the data from the two YAHOO GROUPS i had. Malakpet Group and SV Sales

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