Removing old google groups postings.

Posted on 2007-08-08
Last Modified: 2013-12-24

I'm wanting to remove some things from google groups. I've removed the posts I've made but people have quoted my text, essentially making the removal of my posts useless. As the google groups help states, I have to contact the author of the posts to see if they can remove them.

The problem I have is that the e-mail addresses the authors used still exist, and if the last time they used to post on the groups is any indication - they are no longer used. I've repeatedly tried to contact the authors, but to no avail, even when sending with a read receipt message.

There are about 30 messages that were made approximately 6 years ago, how can I go about removing these 30 messages that are causing many problems. I'm open to any options, and am even willing to write to Google to explain the situation, but doing so may just destroy all chances of getting the messages removed.

If there is a google employee reading this, please let me know so I can bribe you...

Much appreciated,
Question by:Unimatrix_001
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    Expert Comment

    Contact Google. Explain your situation. Do not offer a bribe. Keep it professional and be prepared to be persistent. Best of luck to you.
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    Author Comment

    Do you think it best to snail-mail, as I'm unable to find any sort of e-mail address? The closest thing I can find is a submit form which seems to be for abuse or reporting technical problems etc...

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    Actually, that might be best. Its easy to ignore an email request or a phone call whereas a letter may elicit a more positive response, particularly if other recipients are ccd on the communication.

    Chances are that the terms of use state you post at your own peril, therefore whatever you submit is you own responsibility.  I would advise you review the TOS prior to making                   contact, and even reference the applicable terms in to make it clear you understand them at the outset.

    Unfortunately they are not obligated to honor your request, as opposed to say a copyright infringement, however they may respond favorably as a courtesy.

    Be sure to include your contact information (your name, return address, email, and phone number), and the URL(s) where the information you want removed is located.

    For an idea of how to formulate you communication, you might want to review similar letters from here:
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    Author Comment

    Thank you. :)

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