Post by J
Every link in this thread took me to one page or another of the "new" Google groups. Bummer.
Only topic headlines are shown, and no preview text at all. Feh.
It was nice while it lasted...
It appears that they have finally made a break; the old form seems to be
no longer an option. I use google groups only for archive searches, and the
search currently really sucks. Once you select a particular "hit" for
a search, you are in the new format, but rather than show the message
actually selected, the display shows the whole thread starting at the top,
and no longer highlights either the selected message nor the search
terms. For threads with hundreds of posts, this is a killer. Another
problem is that while, for a particular thread, one can select from a
variety of display options, the selection does not "stick", so far as
I can tell.
There is perhaps one faint glimmer of hope. Within a new-format page,
the "Settings" (gear) button includes an option to send feedback to
Google on Google Groups (something they never allowed in the old format).
It requires being a registered user to use this. I'm not, but I'm hoping
someone else here might be sufficitnly motivated to outline some of the
problems to them. They might or might not regard the new format as
a "work in progress". Any takers?