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PrivateSnafu29 Mar 2016 11:24 a.m. PST

Anyone else feel like Yahoo groups are painfully and dissatisfying to use?

Too Fat Lardies and Ganesha Games you really should consider something different. There are things I'd like to dig up about your games but its usually not worth the time to muddle about with on Yahoo.

Schogun29 Mar 2016 11:33 a.m. PST

TFL has its own forum at:

A lot of people still want the TFL Yahoo Group, so Richard maintains it.

Personal logo vtsaogames Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2016 11:37 a.m. PST

you don't like Yahoo groups? Just wait, they may go away all together. Yahoo seems to be in difficulty.

lugal hdan29 Mar 2016 12:00 p.m. PST

I used to like Yahoo Groups a few years ago, but when they redesigned the interface, it became unfathomable to me.

I guess how I was using the system does not match how they have optimized the system to be used.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian29 Mar 2016 12:03 p.m. PST

I only use them as a listserv.

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member29 Mar 2016 12:05 p.m. PST

I definitely preferred them in the old days, but as a dilettante I still rate them. There's no way I'm going to join and keep tabs on 30 different forums, some of which may only occasionally get traffic, but Yahoo groups makes it very easily manageable.

PrivateSnafu29 Mar 2016 12:14 p.m. PST

I see the value in one stop shopping but the interface is all just a jumbled mess to me. It's all re: re: re:. The idea of a threaded topic is bastardized. Ads are getting more and more interspersed all across Yahoo as it makes its dying breaths.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2016 12:15 p.m. PST

At it's peak I was in 80+ Yahoo groups, mostly hobby related. Their re-design killed most of them and the members when off to other places. I am still in about 50 but they are due for another big purge as nearly all of those 50 have no traffic.

Maybe ten post in the average day and perhaps 15 in the average month.

Facebook as taken over for me, and individual forums like TMP, Hat and Strelets.

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Kelly Armstrong29 Mar 2016 12:17 p.m. PST

So what are the alternatives to an web site that interfaces messaging, file storage, and calendar? I've tried google but hooking their stuff together in a google plus community site is a bit clunky. You can do it, but a lot of folks get confused by the google interfaces and there is a bit more member maintenance to be done compared to the one-click of yahoo groups.

Rhysius Cambrensis Inactive Member29 Mar 2016 12:34 p.m. PST

I am with you, I can't stand Yahoo Groups and don't understand the obsession. I steer clear completely.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2016 12:39 p.m. PST

And I still find some useful on occasions. I'd never try to follow a group with emails, though.


steamingdave4729 Mar 2016 12:57 p.m. PST

Like many, I dislike the new interface for Yahoo groups and it is certainly less user friendly than it used to be. I refuse to join Facebook however, which is just a glorified advertising site; Google + is not easy to use. I use one Yahoo group site regularly and get digests from half a dozen others and would be sad to see them go, but it would not change my life if they disappeared.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2016 12:58 p.m. PST

The one good thing about the groups for me, is that I get emails on the topics. I don't have to go look for them. Most forums are time consuming, requiring that I go to various sub folders to see whether anything new has been posted. I just don't bother. That's the one big thing I like about TMP, all new posts in areas I am interested in are on the front page for me to see and pick out the ones that I am interested in.

Yahoo groups are virtually dead for the most part. I do see a lot of activity in TFL, Crossfire, Spearhead, and Napoleons Battles groups but, the other 5-6 I belong to are dead.

Micman Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2016 1:00 p.m. PST

I still use Yahoo groups to communicate with the group I run along with about 5 others that I follow.

I do not like the updated interface. It is a very poor design for a user. Great for advertising which is what Yahoo is all about.

hocklermp529 Mar 2016 1:49 p.m. PST

For some reason when they send me updates to my Yahoo Groups they refuse to recognize my e-mail address when I try to log on to my groups. All this came about when they changed how you logged on to your groups. They really shot themselves in the foot with the change. I gave up on them.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2016 2:00 p.m. PST

To each there own. Yahoo groups don't have that instant gratification that Facebook has,but Yahoo provides a library of easily accessible references and photo galleries. I run Modeern African Bushwarson both. And yes it's hard to keep the Yahoo group going..but I still get new members. The Owner of the groups have to put in the effort ,to keep things fresh.

Mako11 Inactive Member29 Mar 2016 2:03 p.m. PST

Depends upon the group.

Many, like me reduced usage after their latest "upgrade", but they are still useful.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2016 3:32 p.m. PST

I use two. They are for my two gaming groups. Mainly I use for the calendar.

Navy Fower Wun Seven Inactive Member29 Mar 2016 11:29 p.m. PST

I hate Yahoo groups with a passion – my club insists on using them and if I had a dollar for every time I've had to wrestle with the system to gain access – well I reckon I'd have enough for a box of plastic figures…

Khusrau30 Mar 2016 2:35 a.m. PST

great for mailing lists/digests etc, but the web interface needs a redesign by a usability expert.

Kelly Armstrong30 Mar 2016 5:07 a.m. PST

So there is no alternative to the yahoo group that has calendar (for games) and messaging and file storage and easy membership management across the varied media? I guess Yahoo is still da bomb. It works for our gaming group but I keep hearing that it will go away but it always seems to stick around.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2016 7:02 a.m. PST

I think Yahoo groups work well for things with a narrow focus. A rules system, gaming group, fan club of a manufactuer. I use them to follow several rule sets, Crossfire, Piquet work well but I found with Two Hour Wargames and Too Fat Lardies there were so many emails that it was too much and alot of it wason games within those compainies I didn't play.

For me better Yahoo than facebook.

Temporary like Achilles Inactive Member30 Mar 2016 9:03 a.m. PST

Still useful, but not nearly as much as they once were. Yahoo seems to have done its best to kill them off. They are/were the best way to communicate directly with a game designer and experienced players and get your questions answered.

PrivateSnafu30 Mar 2016 9:52 a.m. PST

What's the difference between selecting Add to conversation or reply?

It's always changing the line height back to relaxed and hence cutting off the topic name. Why the heck does it do that anyway regardless of line height?

Seriously the interface is hopeless.

Timmo uk01 Apr 2016 11:35 a.m. PST

I hate them and rarely visit. It can takes ages to find something of particular interest so usually I give up. If there's a sporting event just been on the proportion of noise to signal increases to point where I just don't bother.

To be honest I'm amazed they keep going since a well designed forum can be set-up to allow people to browse in different ways. If you want to use a forum like a Yahoo Group you can set to view recent posts but for others it allows more precise navigation.

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