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oldtimer
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Posted - 05 Nov 2019 :  11:59:46  Show Profile Send oldtimer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As I read it, Yahoo Bulletin Boards are to be axed and all current info removed.

Groups to communicate by mass e-mails in an already very crowded e-mail environment and inbox.


This may have an effect on some.

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Dear Group Moderators and Members,

Thank you for your commitment to Yahoo and for helping us define the power of digital communities. Eighteen years ago, we combined the functionality of a site called eGroups.com with a precursor community platform called Yahoo Clubs to launch Yahoo Groups. Since then, you and millions of others have helped prove our hypothesis, by creating and joining more than 10 Million groups.

A lot has changed about the Internet since 2001, including the ways most people now use Yahoo Groups. Today, most Yahoo Groups activity happens in your email inbox, not on the bulletin boards where Yahoo Groups started in the pre-smartphone age. Increasingly, people want content and connections coming directly to them, and this is why we continue to invest in Yahoo Mail -- including the recent launch of a new Yahoo Mail app that is currently the highest-rated email app in the App Store and Google Play.

So, as our users’ habits have evolved, we have begun the process of evolving our approach to help active Yahoo Groups thrive and migrate to our email platform. To help you plan for these changes, below is the schedule of how this transition will happen.

Beginning October 28, 2019:
Users will be able to join a Yahoo Group only through an invite from the Group Moderator or by submitting a request to join a Group, which requires approval by the Group Moderator.
Since we are moving Group communication from posting on message boards to email distribution, uploading and hosting of new content will also be disabled on the Yahoo Groups website.

Beginning December 14, 2019:
All Groups will be made private and any content that was previously uploaded via the website will be removed. We believe privacy is critical and made this decision to better align with our overall principles.
If you would like to keep any of the content you’ve posted or stored in the past within your Yahoo Group, please download it by December 14 by accessing this link.

As these dates get closer, we will send follow-up reminders. More information about the upcoming changes can be found here.

While this evolution of Yahoo Groups is inspired by how we see the platform being used today, we know change can be difficult. Here are a few important facts as we make this transition:

1. Yahoo Groups is not going away - We know that our users are deeply passionate about connecting around shared interests, and we are evolving Groups to better align with how you use it today.

2. New groups can still be formed - Users can continue to connect with others around their common bonds and interests. From animal rescues to sporting and activity groups, civic organizations to local PTAs, members of our Yahoo Groups will remain connected and able to share their activities and interests. All of the content that you have shared previously on the website, can continue to be shared via email.

We know that Yahoo Groups is an important online extension of your real-life group of friends, interests and communities, and we are committed to supporting communities that rely on Yahoo Groups. Thanks for coming along with us this far. We look forward to seeing where the technology -- and you -- take us in the decades to come.

Sincerely,
The Groups Team


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Posted - 05 Nov 2019 :  13:25:59  Show Profile Send Sonic a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
seems the same thing that happened to MSN groups years ago. was ticked about that too as I had my own page there with communication/community from around the world and I lost the lot in one fell swoop with no option to save any of the info to keep for myself :(

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Posted - 05 Nov 2019 :  15:46:27  Show Profile Send oldtimer a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
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Originally posted by Sonic

seems the same thing that happened to MSN groups years ago. was ticked about that too as I had my own page there with communication/community from around the world and I lost the lot in one fell swoop with no option to save any of the info to keep for myself :(



All the website data must be held in some form of storage at the moment, Maybe they will use it for cloud storage when they wipe it.

The loss of information is what worries me about the so-called "CLOUD Storage".


I seriously doubt many people understand that the storage is actually on some type of hard drive or drives in a shed somewhere. OK, a pretty serious shed.

What worries me is that these are owned by companies that might go bust, or some anarchist vegan protestors might blow it up because it has a leather chair in the manager's office.

What then of the data????

Incidentally, it is advisable to allow access to your passwords somehow with your will, or your data dies with you.

I am downloading all the family tree data onto discs and spreading copies around in case of demise.
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Posted - 05 Nov 2019 :  15:56:33  Show Profile Send Kieron302 a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Check out the wayback machine Sonic, might find some of your site data there.

Regarding cloud storage and blowing it all up and companies going bust, just use it as a backup and keep a copy elsewhere. Either on portable drives, DVD/Blueray disks etc or depending on your cloud provider, store it in two geographically separate locations if they don't already do this behind the scenes anyway, could even store it with two different cloud providers.
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Posted - 05 Nov 2019 :  17:28:27  Show Profile Send oldtimer a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
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Originally posted by Kieron302

Check out the wayback machine Sonic, might find some of your site data there.

Regarding cloud storage and blowing it all up and companies going bust, just use it as a backup and keep a copy elsewhere. Either on portable drives, DVD/Blueray disks etc or depending on your cloud provider, store it in two geographically separate locations if they don't already do this behind the scenes anyway, could even store it with two different cloud providers.



Yes I realise that is the way to use Cloud.

I am continually amazed to overhear chatting in groups that some people really believe that it is a Clout without any physical manifestation. Even in Genealogy groups, I ask, usually elderly, participants: What access have you provided for your family after you pass on?

I often get the answer: It's OK it is on the cloud, or the website of a Genealogical provider such as Ancestry, but often smaller companies, including a few that have closed when the sole proprietor loses interest of fails to be alive.

Bulletin boards and websites are unsafe ways to store without backup.

PS: I know of one Family History group, with a large membership, in which two members have overseen all computer updates and access.

When the election of a new President and Secretary was discussed, they said that they had set it up and the passwords and access codes belonged to them and would NOT be passed on if they were replaced.
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Posted - 05 Nov 2019 :  17:55:18  Show Profile Send Sonic a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
quote:
Originally posted by Kieron302

Check out the wayback machine Sonic, might find some of your site data there.




you have my attention!! perhaps rather than take OT's topic OT () could you pm me some details of where I should try to have a look?

thanks!

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Posted - 07 Nov 2019 :  09:25:59  Show Profile  Visit Bloopy's Homepage Send Bloopy a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
I'd suggest the groups migrate to another website, perhaps becoming a subreddit on Reddit.

I probably wouldn't trust Google Groups to last for a long time either.
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