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    microsoft.public.word newsgroups on msnews down? (All)

    Has anybody information why postings to the newsserver msnews.microsoft.com just disappear without a trace since Friday?
    There are rumours that the server crashed and everybody left for the weekend, others say MS drops the usenet groups altogether, but I didn't see any announcement for this, and neither have I gotten any notifications on postings I sent that they won't be accepted any more -- they just disappear.

    So look out -- perhaps you'll have to make room for a lot of refugees soon on Woody's Lounge!

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    Re: microsoft.public.word newsgroups on msnews down? (All)

    Obviously <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showthreaded.pl?Cat=&Board=scut&Number=61000&page= 0&view=expanded&sb=5&o=0&part=>others</A> have had the same problem
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    Re: microsoft.public.word newsgroups on msnews down? (All)

    Actually, I see a post of <A target="_blank" HREF=http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=djq&as_ugroup=microsoft.public.word.prog ramming>yours</A> going via google
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    Re: microsoft.public.word newsgroups on msnews down? (All)

    I changed to the news server of my ISP to get messages through to the regular Word newsgroups, and use google for the microsoft.public.word.general and word.programming newsgroups that have been discontinued by MS.

    The following <A target="_blank" HREF=http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1005-200-1555559.html>article on news.cnet.com</A> tells how MS dropped usenet from MSN 18 months ago, but says it keeps the groups on microsoft.com.

    I wonder if they just test how much of a reaction they get if they shut that down, too; since most users have accessed the microsoft.public newsgroups directly through msnews.microsoft.com (and many wouldn't know how to change to another server) that would be very bad news for the MVPs working on those newsgroups.

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    Re: microsoft.public.word newsgroups on msnews down? (All)

    I'm checking out the <A target="_blank" HREF=http://communities.microsoft.com/newsgroups/default.asp> Internet server</A>. It appears to have posts that don't show up using Outlook Express on the microsoft news server.

    I sure hope they aren't substituting because their internet setup is nowhere near as sophisticated as the lounge and much harder to use than Outlook Express.
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    Re: microsoft.public.word newsgroups on msnews down? (All)

    I have been trying to access the pdf newsgroup via Outlook Express. Anyone know what's happening? Maybe they are doing some maintenance work ...? <img src=/S/thinks.gif border=0 alt=thinks width=15 height=15>

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    Re: microsoft.public.word newsgroups on msnews down? (All)

    Per Graham Mayor (very reliable source) the servers have been down all weekend. Some postings via other routes are making it up. I would recommend using the Internet method.
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    Re: microsoft.public.word newsgroups on msnews down? (All)

    Thanks for that Charles. Can't get in via Internet but will try again later.

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    Re: microsoft.public.word newsgroups on msnews down? (All)

    AFAIK, MSFT does not have a PDF newsgroup.
    Do you mean comp.text.PDF?
    That is not a MSFT group.

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    Re: microsoft.public.word newsgroups on msnews down? (All)

    Yep - that's what I meant to indicate. Do you happen to know of another source for Adobe/Acrobat Q&A?

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    Re: microsoft.public.word newsgroups on msnews down? (All)

    Could it have anything to do with MS shutting down it's Listbots??
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    Re: microsoft.public.word newsgroups on msnews down? (All)

    I've heard that the MSFT NNTP server crashed on Friday, then they had a hardware problem.

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    Re: microsoft.public.word newsgroups on msnews down? (All)

    Just a little more info on this, the server that was replaced/fixed on Friday didn't complete the rebuild and that is why the posts are not synchronizing correctly.

    So...the newserver was taken off line at about 5:00 pm Central Time (GMT -06:00). They expect it back up in 4-5 hours.

    Sources say that over the w/e none of the posts were lost so they should appear when all is functioning correctly again.
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    Re: microsoft.public.word newsgroups on msnews down? (All)

    <img src=/S/bravo.gif border=0 alt=bravo width=16 height=30>Tuesday morning in Germany ... The server seems to come back to life (just a few new posts up to now, so I'll wait a while until they synchronized everything before changing back to msnews.microsoft.com).

    Thank you all for information and support in these dark times! Shouldn't have panicked -- showed me how I addicted I've become <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>.

    <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>Regards, Klaus

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    Re: microsoft.public.word newsgroups on msnews down? (All)

    It seems that the newsgroups are back! - although the number of posts is wayyyyy down. (Sort of...) Using Outlook Express I was able to both download new messages and post responses (and then see that the responses had actually been posted).

    It appears that some groups are back up and others may not be. As of 8 A.M. Tue (CDT) it appears that new users and vbabeginners are up (among others) and that vba.customization, vba.addins, vba.userforms, word.tables, and word.printingfonts may still be down.
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