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  1. themadprogramer

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

  2. Karl

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

    • themadprogramer

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

  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.

  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.)

    • 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?
      Thanks!

  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!

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