God it really sucks. They took away the date limiter in the search and that is really the only thing I needed!
I read newsgroups through my ISP, but I used Deja to track comments on a company I do some work for. We didn’t participate in those discussions but we got lots of ideas that allowed us to improve the company. Now I can still search, but I have no way of limiting the search to new posts, or even to sort the results by date.
Why the hell they couldn’t just leave Deja up until they were ready to come out with their brand new interface is beyond me.
This is the second time this has happened to me in the last month (and yes, it IS all about me). But at least Yahoo! didn’t convert eGroups until they were ready with all the fundamental functionality.
I like Google (and have liked them since they first opened shop) but this is just a boner move on their part. Half of whatever Deja community there was will be gone by the time they get things straightened out, having found new sources for USENET or, worse, having fallen out of the habit of reading newsgroups.
And god do I hope that they don’t roll the USENET archive into the general web search of Google. Make it an option, please, don’t force it on me. Almost never will the item I’m looking for be found in USENET.