>>>>> In rec.humor.oracle.d, Ivan Shmakov <iv...@siamics.net
>> I'm afraid that I've started following this group much after it
>> could've claimed to have many "regulars"; 2012, perhaps? (I can't
>> find my archives for the year, but the group, along with its non-.d
>> counterpart, was already in my .newsrc in January 2013.)
> Yeah, that's late. The last post I saved in my personal archives was
> in 2005:
... What I can't recall is when I've first learned of the Oracle.
It most certainly couldn't have happened before 1999, and I have
a feeling that it wasn't after 2003, either.
>>> people following me around Usenet are not the lifeblood needed
>> Don't flatter yourself.
> Would you have replied to me if you hadn't been interacting with me
> in another group recently?
I probably wouldn't have replied to that specific post were the
topic of Usenet demise not brought up recently a few times too
often. For instance, news:87fu13w...@violet.siamics.net
(A minor correction: contrary to what I've stated in that
article, I've had a very short-lived Usenet access c. 1996.)
> the panix spool only keeps articles a few months
E-S spool goes back to 2010-12-19 at #15. It's possible that
on the account of this being a low-traffic group the articles
are retained indefinitely there.