On Fri, 16 Sept 2022 at 18:51, Michael Parson <mparson@bl.org> wrote:

My current boss was a news admin at Dejanews and was there during
their end days.  I was the sysadmin for the datacenter (SMARTNAP) that
DejaNews was co-lo'd in.  Everyone wanted to peer with my news server
since it fed directly into Dejanews' stuff which was a couple of racks
down from my stuff.

Google bought Deja and ruined it.

I knew the head sysadmin from Dejanews very well and I remember his story about them being bought out by Google.  Google flew in a bunch of engineers with a bunch of disks, imaged the whole database over a weekend, and then fired everyone.  Good times.