Google has screwed up yet again
So I go to do my favourite technical question search method which involves searching just the microsoft.public.access newsgroups and it totally fails. Worked just fine a few days ago.
Start at groups.google.com and enter your search term. For example "access books vba" but without the double quotes.
Now if you just click on Search Groups you get many, many useless, duplicate hits. The problem is that there are many web sites out there mirroring the NNTP Usenet and Microsoft newsgroups. All so they can sell Google advertising.
I should note that there are a few genuine online forums such as Utter Access and, think, the Access World forums. However the vast majority are bottom feeding, scum suckers whose only interest is advertising revenue.
So as to limit the search just to the Microsoft newsgroups I would then click on Advanced Search go down to the Group name field and enter microsoft.public.access.*
And that doesn't find any hits. I *KNOW* a few days ago this worked just fine.
So Google has screwed up the NNTP newsgroup search interface yet again. Ahh, for the good old days of dejanews.com and deja.com. They did only one thing and did it well.