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altfritz16 Oct 2019 3:16 p.m. PST

Yahoo is displaying this banner on group I visit:

/quote/

Starting December 14, 2019 Yahoo Groups will no longer host user created content on its sites. New content can no longer be uploaded after October 28, 2019.

/end quote/

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2019 3:25 p.m. PST

Yep ,I run Modernafrican bushwars..group…Adios,,,it;s not like it wasn't dying anyway…But I have so many albums posted..sigh…

Stryderg16 Oct 2019 5:18 p.m. PST

Yahoo killed it a few years ago when they did such a horrible job of trying to monetize it.

Knob16 Oct 2019 5:53 p.m. PST

most groups just use facebook now

Thresher0116 Oct 2019 6:45 p.m. PST

Hmmmm, sad.

Some of the changes they made were very user unfriendly, and they failed to listen/react/improve upon those.

Zephyr116 Oct 2019 8:20 p.m. PST

Save whatever you can, as soon as you can. Sounds like they'll delete it all eventually just to free up bandwidth they can sell to others…

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2019 8:41 p.m. PST

I'm checking the group's I'm in for files j want to keep, then it's off to Facebook groups for the foreseeable

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2019 8:46 p.m. PST

Checking my groups it looks like io.groups is where they are going. I hope so since so many people including myself, are not on FB. YG was a great alternative to FB.

It was a good platform for so long. Every improvement they made wasn't. All my photos and files are backed up on my hard drive. Last year I started a flickr page for all my game photos as it became such a headache to post them on Yahoo Groups.

WarWizard16 Oct 2019 10:59 p.m. PST

I haven't used Yahoo groups for years now. I belonged to about a dozen groups.
I thought they closed that long ago. I stopped using it once they went to the annoying ads. I think most everybody left that's why they have to close it now. It became abandoned.

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Oct 2019 12:35 a.m. PST

I had long since drifted away from Yahoo Groups, anyway, so I won't miss them. I've been looking at setting up groups on feedmegames.com, a Facebook-style site exclusively for gamers, but without the privacy and security issues of Facebook. There's certainly a demand for the type of service that Yahoo Groups used to provide, so it's just a matter of time before something steps in to fill the gap.

Yesthatphil17 Oct 2019 2:50 a.m. PST

Most of the Yahoo Groups I'm on, including the couple I moderate, are moribund as members mostly use the better, smoother platform offered by Facebook. I hope the *bitter enders* will find a way to join in but meantime, yes, I have a lot of pictures, albums and resource files to retrieve. Not as easy as I would have hoped (not endearing Yahoo to me at all wink).

Phil

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2019 3:10 a.m. PST

That's the sad bit, so much content lost.

altfritz17 Oct 2019 3:45 a.m. PST

I am list-owner of LaceWars and I can't even access the group anymore. And I co-moderate several others and have similar issues with them.

altfritz17 Oct 2019 3:45 a.m. PST

Here is expanded info:

Yahoo has put up the following FAQ regarding Yahoo Groups:
------------ ---------

Yahoo has made the decision to no longer allow users to upload content to the Yahoo Groups site. Beginning October 21, you won't be able to upload any more content to the site, and as of December 14 all previously posted content on the site will be permanently removed. You'll have until that date to save anything you've uploaded.

What features will go away?
* Files
* Polls
* Links
* Photos
* Folders
* Calendar
* Database
* Attachments
* Conversations
* Email Updates
* Message Digest
* Message History

What will happen to the site?
The Yahoo Groups site will continue to exist, however, all public groups will be made private or restricted. Any new group members will need to request an invite or be invited by an admin. Admins will still be able to manage various group settings, though some functionality will be limited.

What will happen on October 21st?
On October 21st, you will no longer be able to upload any content to the site. To share info with members of your groups, you'll continue to be able to do so via email.

How can I keep my Yahoo Groups content?
Photos and files can be saved right from the Yahoo Groups site, or you can download your data from the Privacy Dashboard.

Will I be able to use Yahoo Groups going forward?
You'll still be able to communicate with your groups via email and search for private groups on the site. In addition, admins will continue to have limited access to group settings and administration tools.

jsmcc9117 Oct 2019 6:06 a.m. PST

I will have to see if I can go on to my groups and download the files I need to keep them alive. Does anyone know if that is possible?

altfritz17 Oct 2019 11:05 a.m. PST

I can get to two of my groups, which used to number over a hundred. One I actually co-moderate though that function doesn't work anymore. I can access both file sections and download files. Other groups, not so much.

Dan Cyr17 Oct 2019 1:51 p.m. PST

Actually, altfritz, I "own" Lace_Wars, plus others. There are 19 moderators for Lace_Wars, but I don't see your name on there. If you need access, let me know.

Dan

altfritz17 Oct 2019 3:32 p.m. PST

LaceWars. It has been on yahoo for a long time.

Edit: since Feb 7, 1999

Master Caster18 Oct 2019 5:13 a.m. PST

I have owned and moderated the Yahoo Ironclads Group for years and just posted on the group and in the TMP ACW Ironclads Message Board about the overall ending of Yahoo Groups. Any TMP readers who are currently members of the Yahoo Ironclads Group please go to one of the above locations for more info I have recently posted on the closures. Time is short if you wish to go on the Group to save anything in the Photo or Files sections. Thank you.
Toby Barrett

Walking Sailor18 Oct 2019 7:37 a.m. PST

the horse's mouth: link

pellen19 Oct 2019 2:37 a.m. PST

I know there are several scripts around now to dump groups. I managed to get this one to work:
link

It downloads all messages, files, and photos (and databases, if anyone ever used those?).

Was a bit fiddly to set up. Did not get the built-in login feature to work, but I manually copy-pasted cookies from Firefox. It works to download 99% of stuff, but there are some random errors preventing a file or message from being downloaded.

Emails are saved just as individual raw files with headers and everything, sometimes with text being BASE64-encoded. Not extremely useful. But it solves rescuing the contents before groups are deleted, even if they will not be immediately useful to anyone.

Maybe other scripts are easier to set up and have a lower error rate. But that one is an option at least and if you only want to save a single group you can look carefully for errors and then manually just download the things that was not downloaded.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP20 Oct 2019 12:35 a.m. PST

There's certainly a demand for the type of service that Yahoo Groups used to provide, so it's just a matter of time before something steps in to fill the gap.
The replacement already exists groups.io.

Groups.io was founded by the same guy who made the original egroups.com, which was bought by Yahoo and turned into Yahoo Groups. It's an exact analog, an all-inclusive free site that can serve as a basic catch-all web site for any group.

Groups.io works better than Yahoo Groups ever did. It also has tools to help slurp all the data out a Yahoo Group, for a price.

- Ix

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