For many years MCN-L's online archive was only spottily indexed by
search engines and so wasn't super-usable. Starting last fall I began to
fix that, and Rob Lancefield joined me a few months ago to make the new,
fully-searchable archive as complete as it can be (Rob had obsessively
saved older MCN-L messages that weren't even in the current MCN server's
archive!). It's now all done, and available at
and it has a pretty great advanced search, too (start with a simple
search and then it'll offer more options).
The "messages by date" interface only shows the most recent 3000 or so
messages, but try the advanced search, and you'll see that (thanks to
Rob!) the messages go back to 1996 ... the very beginning of MCN-L.
Check it out:
You might also, with crafty advanced searching, see that a handful of
messages are erroneously time-stamped in 1970, the beginning of Unix
time (thank your system admin if this never happened at your employer).
But sadly, they actually came from much later.
If you ever lose the link, it's in the footer of every MCN-L message.
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